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.
Vic Singh is a seasoned entrepreneur and investor as a founding GP of Eniac Ventures. Vic has a deep passion for building product experiences that scale. He previously founded 3 venture-backed startups in mesh networking, communications and developer platforms. Most recently Vic was founder and CEO of Kanvas, which he led to a successful exit by AOL, where he served as GM and steered Kanvas through its ultimate transition into the leading developer platform for creative self-expression. Vic previously founded Tracks, a venture-backed consumer social network for collaboration around experiences and NearVerse, a platform for proximity-based mesh networking. Before he was a founder, Vic was a venture capitalist at RRE Ventures where he focused on consumer, cleantech, deep tech and fintech. He started his career building large scale enterprise systems as a full stack developer at the height of the dot-com boom. Vic holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Finance from Columbia Business School where he was a Robert Toigo Foundation Fellow and a BSE in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania where he earned the National Science Foundation Fellow for his work in Micro-electro Mechanical Systems.
Elio Narciso is a Co-Founder and serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Measurence. He is also an Angel Investor. He also co-founded YooDeal. He helps retailers transform stores into physical websites with a robust, yet extremely easy-to-use analytics platform. Store performance is measured by analyzing inputs from several sources: remotely managed in-store IoT sensors (low cost Wi-Fi APs and beacons); open data feeds; store POS data. Inputs are then correlated and translated into actionable insights, distributed through email, SMS or app notifications to allow wide collaboration between key field employees that interact with customers, and marketing people that analyze data. Backed by Cisco, Measurence works with large retailers as well as smaller merchants, through its partnership with Square. An MIT Sloan alum of the Class of 2001, he moonlights as advisor and early stage investor to great entrepreneurs.
Serial Entrepreneur turned Venture Partner. Silicon Alley Venture Partners, NYC Alpha Venture Partners, NYC Advisor to NYC early stage companies: Altruik, Dotsub, Headliner (investor), NPower, Mobile Commons, PageKicker, SiiTV, Tagasauris. Past investor in Kamoon, Whale, BRM. Formerly Founder of Preclick (seattle - sold to Smilebox), Actioneer (san francisco/cambridge), Dynodex (cupertino - sold to DaytoDay). Formerly CEO, Product, Marketing & Bus Dev operating roles at 1ClickCharge (sold to CMGi), 3Path (sold to Cadmus), Dotsub, Knovel (sold to Reed-Elsevier), Smilebox, Tremor Video. Analyst at Booz & Co. Database developer. Co-author of five collaboration software patents. Bike Racer. Sea Kayaker. Primary School Parent.
Passion Capital is a partnership of entrepreneurs and operators applying their experiences to helping founders and early-stage teams build great digital media/technology companies. They are Stefan Glaenzer, Eileen Burbidge and Robert Dighero. They have been personally involved in the largest European technology exits of the past decade, including the biggest exits of the year for 4 of the past 10 years by market value (Ricardo.de acquired by QXL, Skype purchased by Ebay, Last.fm acquired by CBS, and QXL/Tradus acquired by Naspers) and want to be involved in many more. They believe that the critical differentiator and key asset of a successful business is the passion and ability of its founders. They are committed to fostering an ecosystem of technology, collaboration and executional excellence in Europe. As an example of this, White Bear Yard is their own hub for activities, ambitions and energy and where have fun in the process.
Sharon Chang is a Co-Founder and serves as the Media Advisor at LQD WiFi. She is also a Co-Founder and serves as the CCO at Smiletime. She served as Director of Governance Committee at Liberty & Justice. She also serves as Managing Trustee at Ted Tai-Sen Lin Charitable Foundation. Since assuming the role of Managing Trustee of TTSL Charitable Foundation, Sharon has introduced many fresh ideas to facilitate meaningful collaborations between the commercial and nonprofit worlds. She refined and narrowed the focus of TTSL's grant giving to organizations that address environmental and social issues through creative solutions. In 2009, she began incubating new concepts that eventually led to the development of Yoxi. Formerly the Chief Creative Officer of 19 Entertainment - best known as the company that created American Idol - she headed a creative think tank and strategic operations from 19's New York offices. She is a Partner at THNK School of Creative Leadership, serves on the Board of Trustees of New York University; and is a board member of a number of non-profit organizations, technology startups, and social ventures. She holds a BA in Studio Art and Graphic Communications from NYU and a Master's in Interactive Telecommunications from Tisch School of the Arts. Her alma maters also include The Royal College of Art in London and Columbia University's School of Architecture.
Dr. Brian Dixon serves as Venture Partner at Elm Street Ventures. He also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of BioRelix, Inc. Prior to joining BioRelix in October 2007, Dr. Dixon served as Vice President with Bayer HealthCare in West Haven Connecticut. In that position, he led a multi-disciplinary organization of up to 130 employees that delivered state-of-the-art expertise in oncology biomarker discovery, new lead discovery, research drug formulation, pharmacokinetics and drug metabolism to Bayer's global R&D business. In addition, he held leadership roles in R&D licensing initiatives, strategic alliances and cross divisional collaborations in translational medicine. From 1998 to 2001, Dr. Dixon directed Bayer drug discovery efforts in both the Osteoporosis and Oncology therapeutic areas. He serves as a Director of BioRelix, Inc. Dr. Dixon was an undergraduate at the University of Michigan. He received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and completed post-doctoral training at Harvard University.
Dave Mawhinney serves as Executive Director at Carnegie Mellon University. Dave Mawhinney is executive director, Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship, and executive director, Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship. He serves as the managing director, Open Field Entrepreneurs Fund, and director, i6 Agile Innovation System, a collaboration between InnovationWorks and CMU. Dave is also associate teaching professor at the Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business. Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon, Dave was co-founder, chairman and CEO of mSpoke, an internet content and advertising recommendation engine, that was acquired in 2010 by LinkedIn, the world's leading professional social networking site. In 2006, Morgan Stanley's MSCI/Barra business unit acquired mSpoke's first business line, a quantitative investment recommendation engine. Before mSpoke, Dave was general partner of PNC Technology Investors. Earlier in his career, he co-founded three successful startup ventures, including Premier Health Exchange (acquired by Medibuy), Hawk Medical (acquired by McKesson), and Industry.Net (merged with AT&T Business Network to form Nets, Inc.). Dave is an active board member at MedSage Technologies (now NewCare Solutions LLC), EZ-FLO Injection Systems and the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Alumni Association (ex-officio, past president). He is an Advisory board member to InnovationWork's AlphaLab, Pittsburgh Equity Partners and Carnegie Mellon University's Project Olympus. Dave also served as Executive-in-residence at the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse, working with healthcare information technology startups. Dave holds an MBA with Distinction from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.S. in physics, Summa Cum Laude, from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Dave was a 2017 recipient of the Tepper School Alumni Award.
Ellie Wheeler serves as Partner at Greycroft Partners. She served as a Board Observer at Savoteur and serves as an Advisor at Fisoc. Her responsibilities include evaluating investment opportunities, sourcing new deals, and working with existing portfolio companies. Prior to joining Greycroft, she worked in a similar role during business school evaluating investment opportunities at Lowercase Capital with investor Chris Sacca. Before working with Lowercase, Wheeler worked at Cisco in Corporate Development doing acquisitions, investments, and strategy within the communications, collaboration, and video verticals. Ellie's past experience also includes working briefly at the London-based venture capital firm DN Capital, focused on early stage ecommerce companies. She began her career in growth capital private equity at Summit Partners in Boston. Wheeler graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a BA in Psychology and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Carthona Capital is a seed and early stage venture investor. The firm is largely sector agnostic and invests using its own capital on a deal by deal basis in collaboration with high net worths, family offices and institutions. The firm was founded in 2014 and is based in Sydeny, Australia.
ZhenFund (Chinese: 真格基金) is a seed stage focused venture fund founded in 2011 by Bob Xu and Victor Wang, in collaboration with Sequoia Capital China. Bob and Victor previously co-founded New Oriental (NYSE: EDU), one of the world's largest education conglomerates. Three of Bob's seed investments have IPOed in NYC: Shiji Jiayuan (Nasdaq: DATE) (世纪佳缘, website), LightInTheBox (Nasdaq: LITB) (website), and Jumei (NYSE: JMEI) (聚美, website). In 2016, Bob was honored on the Midas List as one of the top 100 tech investors. ZhenFund currently dominates China’s early stage venture capital scene, and is rapidly expanding its U.S. practice based in Palo Alto, CA. Its portfolio has over 150 high-growth companies, including 17zuoye, OFO, VIPKID, RED, Hero Entertainment, and Urwork. ZhenFund’s mission is to support, educate, and inspire the next generation of global entrepreneurs.