Yaron Carni is the Founder of Maverick Ventures (Israel). The word ''Maverick'' means spark and brilliance in Hebrew. Maverick Ventures (Israel) was founded by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. We provide funding for Tech Start-Up Companies by high value investors from around the world who are interested in the success of innovative Israeli companies. Maverick. Prior to that, Yaron founded the Tel Aviv Angel Group - a Boutique Angel Group of several hand picked value added individuals from the US, Canada and Europe that invest privately in a variety of Israeli based companies. The first investment he made, in LabPixies was the first Israeli company bought by Google. More at: www.TelAvivAngels.com Yaron served as the board member of the startup companies the group invests in. He invested in and was the Director of Business Development of Contextin and served on it's Board. The Tel Aviv Angel Group's holdings in Contextin were sold to Spark. Yaron also invested in and served on the board of Vaultive, an innovative information security company based in Tel Aviv. TAAG's holdings in Valutive were also sold. Prior to that, he was the first investor (with his group) and Director of Business Development in LabPixies which is the first company Google Inc. acquired in Israel and was it's Director of Business Development. Carni is the former Head of Business Development of GC Marketing Servcies (www.gcmarketingservices.com) in New York. He is a graduate of the Sam Zell Entreprenurship Program and also has a Master's in Law with a concentration in IP. Yaron serves on the board of United Hatzalah - Israel's bigggest volunteer rescue organziation of 2000 first responders.
Graham Forman is the Founder and serves as a Managing Director at Edovate Capital. He serves as Board Member at Aegis Identity Software. He has been an early-stage investor and entrepreneur since 2001. For the last decade and a half he led sales, marketing, and business development for three early-stage, high-growth SaaS businesses selling to the education market. Most recently he served as Vice President of Business Development for Netchemia, LLC, a venture-backed cloud-based software company serving the K-12 marketplace where he led new business development and strategic partnerships. During his eight-year tenure the company grew to more than 2,000 school district customers throughout the United States. Netchemia was acquired by Vista Equity Partners and merged with PeopleAdmin in February 2015. He also served in leadership roles with high-growth tech startups Yearmovie and eCivis, LLC. Earlier in his career he was a legislative aide for former U.S. Senator Paul Simon and California State Assemblyman, Senator, and Community College Chancellor Jack Scott, who instilled in him a passion for education issues. Serving these education leaders he developed his understanding of legislative and regulatory issues in education. Graham is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Colorado Education Initiative, which is a non-profit dedicated to advancing educational innovation across the state of Colorado. He is an avid angel investor and value investor, having managed his portfolio to critical mass and above market returns over the last 10 years. He has an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a BA from the University of Chicago.
Michael brings over 20 years experience in strategy, business development and general management of technology startups and other high growth companies. Michael founded BuildingIQ in 2009 and served as its CEO until 2013. Prior to founding the company, Michael was a General Partner at Technology Venture Partners (TVP), a leading Australian venture capital firm. Prior to TVP, he was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Altos Ventures, and a senior executive at iOwn Holdings, a leading Internet mortgage company (sold to Citigroup in 2001). Previously, Michael worked with Bain & Company and Goldman Sachs. He holds a BA with Honors from Amherst College and an MBA from Stanford Business School.
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).
Clint Chao is a founding General Partner of Moment Ventures. Moment is an early-stage VC firm investing in the Infrastructure of Everything: startups that are connecting digital and physical networks. Moment looks for companies in 3 primary areas: (1) Innovations in traditional IT, (2) New Device Ecosystems and (3) People-Based Platforms. Some of our investments include Soha, Skyward, Payable, Netsil, Swing Education, Call9, Copia, Viptela, World View and Nodeprime (acquired by Ericsson). Prior to Moment, Clint was a co-founding Managing Director at Formative Ventures, an early-stage VC firm. During his time at Formative, Clint invested a third of the fund's capital in early-stage technology startups, focusing on software infrastructure, web services, cloud computing applications and advanced semiconductors. Clint's investment and board leadership experience include Mashery (acquired by Intel), SOASTA, Silicon Clocks (acquired by Silicon Labs), Vungle and Zyray Wireless (acquired by Broadcom). Clint is an experienced technology executive who brings more than 20 years of start-up operating experience including marketing, sales and business development to Formative Ventures. Prior to co-founding Formative Ventures, Clint served as the first Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Business Development at SkyStream Networks (acquired by Tandberg TV), a leading provider of video routing solutions. Under his leadership, SkyStream became the worldwide leader in MPEG routing solutions to the broadcast, networking and enterprise markets. Prior to joining SkyStream, Clint served as Senior Director of Marketing at C-Cube Microsystems where he was responsible for marketing for the PC Division, a group he co-founded and grew to run rates exceeding $50M in sales annually. Clint began his tenure at C-Cube as the first Salesperson for the company, where he created the company’s sales representation network around the country. While there, C-Cube became the dominant supplier of digital video and imaging compression chips to the consumer electronics, computing and communications markets. Before joining C-Cube, Clint held numerous sales and sales management positions at Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector, where he was recognized as one of the company’s top salespeople. Clint earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.
SEED Capital is Denmarks biggest venture capital fund within the seed segment and specializes in identifying, financing and developing competent and innovative entrepreneurial companies. SEED Capital also manages public funds via a strategic corporation with the innovation incubator Pre-Seed Innovation. Public funding allows SEED Capital to invest in start-ups in the early stages, and private venture capital is invested in the most successful companies in subsequent investment rounds. This business model allows them to invest earlier than most VC companies and to provide substantially more capital than most seed investors. SEED Capital invests in approximately 15 new promising growth companies every year. This is based on a screening of more than 500 business proposals every year and meetings with more than 100 of these opportunities to further investigate or advice on the suggested business ventures. Besides investment SEED Capital assists portfolio companies with value-generating activities such as management support, business development, organizational and strategic development, marketing, and ad hoc operational, financial, and legal assistance.
Sumit Gupta serves as Chief Executive Officer at Boom.tv. He co-founded afkVR and also served as its Chief Executive Officer and Board Member. He is a Co-Founder and serves as Chief Executive Officer at BASH Gaming. He also serves as Advisor at Rolocule Games. Previous to BitRhymes, he was VP Strategy and Business Development at Monetize Media. Previous to that, he was founding team member at Business Signatures and played a key role in product and sales strategy, and eventually to a successful acquisition. He has Masters from University of Missouri and Bachelors from IIT Delhi. Sumit Gupta served as Advisor at MyActivityPal. He is an Angel Investor.
Robert Siegel serves as Partner at XSeed Capital. He is the Advisor at Pixlee. He serves as Board member at Sparta Science. He served as Advisor at K5 Ventures. His investment areas include enterprise software, business operations where computational technology helps automate / improve company performance, and computing platforms that shape both business and consumer behaviors. He sits on the Board of Directors of Zooz, Lex Machina, Cape Productions and DropThought, and he led XSeed's investments in CirroSecure (acquired by Palo Alto Networks - NYSE: PANW), Chatous, Dispatcher, Breezeworks, The League, Teapot, Smart Coffee Technology, Neon, Pixlee, Caller Zen and SIPX (acquired by ProQuest), and also supports other portfolio companies such as Citrine Informatics. He is currently on the faculty at the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he teaches Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation, Formation of New Ventures, The Industrialist's Dilemma and Entrepreneurial Finance. In these classes he has led research and written cases on companies including Google, Box, AngelList, SurveyMonkey, Medium, Wikimedia Foundation, Zuora, Minted, 500 Startups, TrueCar, Axel Springer, General Electric and Starbucks (La Boulange), amongst others. Robert is the Co-President of Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs, an alumni association that fosters relationships to strengthen the Stanford startup community, as well as the Chairman of the Strategic Advisory Board for TTTech in Vienna, Austria. He has co-authored several articles for California Management Review, is a Wall Street Journal Startup Guru, and is a frequent contributor to Forbes and VentureBeat. Prior to joining XSeed, Robert was General Manager of the Video and Software Solutions division for GE Security, with annual revenues of $350 million. Robert was also Executive Vice President of Pixim, Inc., a fabless semiconductor firm specializing in image sensors and processors (acquired by Sony). Before Pixim, Robert was Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Weave Innovations Inc. (acquired by Kodak), a network services developer that invented the world's first digital picture frame, and delivered photos and other digital media to PCs and internet / mobile devices. Robert served in various management roles at Intel Corporation, including an executive position in their Corporate Business Development division, in which he invested capital in startups that were strategically aligned with Intel's vision. Previous to Intel, Robert was promoted to a series of senior sales and marketing positions at GeoWorks, which went public in 1993. Robert holds a BA from UC Berkeley, an MBA from Stanford University, is the co-inventor of four patents and served as lead researcher for Andy Grove's book Only the Paranoid Survive.
Chris is the Founder & CEO of SignalFire, an early stage venture capital fund. He focuses on investments in consumer Internet, software and mobile with particular emphasis on seed stage investments and working with Entrepreneurs-In-Residence to launch new businesses. Previously, Chris was a Partner with General Catalyst Partners where he led the firm's successful seed investment activities and served as a Venture Partner on the firm's main fund. Previously, Chris was a Vice President with Bessemer Venture Partners where he led investments in digital media & mobile companies. Prior to BVP, he was a consultant with Bain & Co where he advised on large scale technology buyouts. Prior to Bain, Chris spearheaded the successful turnaround of Skybitz, a wireless enabled SaaS company, where he led Product Management, Finance & Business Development. Earlier in his career, Chris founded an investment advisory firm for angel investors & private equity funds and served as a Venture Advisor to an early stage venture capital fund where he led investments in SkyBitz and Applied Semantics (acquired by Google). He started his career on Wall Street in the private equity group of Cowen & Company. Chris received a BA in International Relations & Business from Tufts University & the Fletcher School of Diplomacy. He has been published in Harvard Business Review, Institutional Investor, The Journal of Private Equity and other leading publications.
Mission driven, curious, self-made, determined, resilient, ENTP personality, highly functional, nerd, hyperactive and extreme multitasker. 44, married, father of two, I live in Palo Alto. California. I like ideas. I like shaping them, building and architecting around them, turning them into practical businesses, and helping others to grow or improve their businesses to make an impact (no matter at what scale). Early stage VC. Advisor. Analyst. Entrepreneur. Mobile industry veteran with over two decades of experience combined. Member of the Young Presidents' Organization, a worldwide non-for-profit association of leaders and entrepreneurs under 45. I have been working in the technology mobile domain for almost two decades: with focus on smartphones, mobile platforms and value added services primarily. Co-founded Naiss.io, a venture capital boutique focusing on technology start ups and early stage companies, preparing them for IPO in alternative markets, currently devoting the majority of my time to it. I'm also a mentor at Singularity University SU LABS here in the Bay area.I'm currently based in downtown Palo Alto, California. I am an early stage investor and VC partner at MapaMundi, a $10Mn Start Up venture fund with 12 companies in portfolio. I'm also board observer/advisor to some of them. I am a proud telecom engineer, post-grad at University of Chicago Booth School of Business and IE Business School. Also graduated from Global Engineering Leadership Program at Berkeley's University Center for Technology & Entrepreneurship. Served also as interim MD at ScrOOn, a social media tools creator, throughout its acquisition by BlackBerry in 2013. As an entrepreneur led different start up initiatives since 2001 with the advent of early mobile ecosystems, and remain adviser to some. In the corporate world and in my latest tenure I worked as VP for BlackBerry. Joined BlackBerry back in 2007, overseeing SouthWest territories in EMEA. Moved to US to head LATAM north markets in my last assignment. Previously, I spent 9 years at Nokia with different roles in sales, marketing & business development. Received Nokia Circle of Excellence award back in 2005. As for extra-curricular affiliations:I am a fellow member of the Internet Society Club (Spain) and belong to the scientific committee of El Ser Creativo.Member of High IQ societies EPL & TenIQ and (as mere anecdote & just for fun) made it to the World Genius Directory this year, 2015 (with IQ 150-SD15). In the academic front, I am a visiting lecturer at Menendez Pelayo University - UIMP, the Digital Economy Institute ICEMD-ESIC and the master program in Business & Telecom Law of the firm Cremades&Calvo Sotelo in Spain. My first computer was a Commodore 64 back in the 80s, a 64Kb RAM machine running on a 1 MHz CPU. Avid assembler programmer I became an amateur hacker at that time. Hyperactive and extreme multitasker, I am proud finisher of Madrid's marathon, blogger, analyst and regular contributor to CNBC in US, also author at publishing house Plataforma Editorial. I live with my family in downtown Palo Alto, California.I can always be reached in real time at @efernandez
Ryan is a seed stage technology investor & founder of Pathbreaker Ventures. Prior to starting Pathbreaker, Ryan was a deal lead on the corporate development team at Facebook where he spent time working with product and engineering teams to landscape technology ecosystems and execute acquisitions in pursuit of Facebook's mission. Acquisitions worked on include Oculus, PrivateCore, LiveRail, Teehan Lax, and NimbleVR. Areas of focus included virtual reality, security, artificial intelligence, video, and product design. Prior to Facebook, Ryan worked in both an investing and operating role at Azure Capital, an early stage venture capital firm with $750 million under management. In addition to series A & B investing, he worked within portfolio companies as VP of Business Development & Partnerships at Telly, the video discovery & content network, and at Convercent, the SAAS leader in employee governance, risk, and compliance. Ryan is the co-founder of H.E.R.O. for Children, the first non-profit focused on quality of life care for children affected by HIV/AIDS. Ryan built HERO to $1M in revenue and 2,000 volunteers. In 2018, HERO celebrates its 15th Anniversary where Ryan continues to serve on the Board. Ryan earned his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business where he focused on finance, entrepreneurship, and early stage tech investing. At Chicago, he and his team won the International Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) out of 56 MBA programs. Ryan speaks Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian and is learning robotics programming.
Shyam Kamadolli serves as Managing Partner, AVG Blockchain at Alumni Ventures Group. He is an Angel Investor. Shyam has been a technology entrepreneur, investor, and dealmaker for over 20 years. Until recently, he led business development at Tactai, a leading-edge startup focused on haptics for virtual reality and mobile computing. Previously, Shyam was with Fidelity Investments' Eight Roads and F-Prime Capital platforms, where he led venture capital investments in technology across three funds that spanned the US, Europe, and Asia. His operating experience also includes leading worldwide business development for the data security division of RSA Security. Shyam received a Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Bombay, a Master's of Science in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University, and MBA degrees from Columbia Business School and London Business School. He also serves as Advisor at Kae Capital.
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.
M&A professional, Olivier has led a large number of transformative acquisition and divestment transactions for Unilever in different parts of the world. Over the last 20 years in Unilever, he has held senior positions in finance, strategy and business development. Olivier leads Unilever Ventures Investment Committee and manages relationships with a number of Corporate and Venture Capital funds and Private Equity funds around the world. He is currently a Board Director of Iluminage Beauty, Yummly, REN and ioma.
Ed is a co-founder and managing partner at Tamarisc Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm that invests in real estate technology companies. Representative investments include SmartCSM, Bevi, Getaway, Omni, and Serraview. Ed was previously the founding Vice President of Business Development for a venture-backed startup that leverages big data analytics to purchase and operate single-family homes as short-term vacation rentals on Airbnb. Previously, Ed worked at Morningside Ventures in Boston, one of China’s first and largest VC firms, where he focused on the biotech and cleantech sectors. He also held business development roles at a Morningside portfolio company that was acquired in 2015. Ed received an MBA from Harvard, an MSc from Oxford, and a BA from Trinity College.
Tim Guleri serves as Managing Director at Sierra Ventures. He serves as the Board Member at Appcues. He is also an angel investor. He serves as the Board Member at Applitools. He also serves as a Board Member at DotNetNuke, Appcelerator and MakeMyTrip. He joined the firm in 2001 and focuses on investments in the consumer (mobile Internet), enterprise software (SaaS), infrastructure software (security, deployment, management), and open source. Guleri has several years of hands on operating and investing experience, but also on a solid technical education. Prior to joining the firm, he built two software infrastructure companies. Guleri served as the Vice Chairman and the Executive Vice President of Business Development at Epiphany. He co-founded Octane Software and served as the Chief Executive Officer and the Chairman from 1997 to 2000. Guleri served as a Vice President of Technical Field Operations and Product Marketing at Scopus Technology from 1992 to 1997, heading the Sales and Marketing functions, and was a leader in the CRM space. He began his career as an Executive in Information Technology at LSI Logic between 1989 and 1992. Guleri has presented at numerous industry conferences such as ABA, ETRA, DCI, and eCommerce World. He also serves on Board of PhenomPeople. He holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Punjab Engineering College and MS degree in Industrial Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).
Norwest Venture Partners
Sergio brings to NVP extensive operational and venture capital experience from a wide range of business and consumer technology companies. Sergio is focused on early and growth investments in ecommerce, consumerized SaaS, consumer finance, and educational technologies. His current investments and board seats include Adaptive Planning, Bionic Panda Games, Branchout, Gemvara, Motif Investing, and Rafter. Sergio was previously on the board of The DealMap (acquired by Google), myYearbook (acquired by Quepasa), and StarCite (acquired by The Active Network). He is a board observer at InsightsOne and Lending Club. Sergio started his career at Morgan Stanley, where he advised several companies on mergers and acquisitions. Sergio was also a marketing and business development manager at Portal Software (now part of Oracle) which had a successful Initial Public Offering in 1999, during his tenure. Sergio was also the co-founder and first business development executive at Cymerc, which was a hosted SaaS solution for consumers and small-sized businesses. Sergio successfully raised two rounds of venture financing and grew Cymerc from inception to more than $15 million in sales. From 2001 to 2005, Sergio was Director of the Mobile Electronics Categories at eBay, which he grew from $150 million to more than $500 in gross merchandise sales. Prior to NVP, Sergio was Vice President of Marketing at Photobucket, which was successfully sold to News Corp. for $300 million in 2007. Sergio was born and raised in Latin America and has worked in Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico. Sergio holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor of science degree in management sciences and engineering (industrial engineering) from Stanford University.
Entrepreneur and Angel Investor with broad experience in Cloud Computing, Digital Media, Data Driven Advertising, E-Commerce, and Online Marketplaces. Passion - Love to solve hard and valuable problems (with great software ;-) Speciality - Starting from scratch and turning ideas into sustainable businesses. Key Skills - Business Development, Corporate Development, Product Management, Marketing & Sales Funnel Optimization, Growth Hacking, Fund Raising, M&A.
Angelique is a Co-Founder and serves as Chief Executive Officer and as a Board Member at EnerKnol. Previously, she served as a Vice President & Director of Business Development at Cora Capital Advisors.