Eric Wiesen is a General Partner at Bullpen Capital. Eric joined Bullpen in 2015 from RRE Ventures, where he was a General Partner. Current areas of focus include financial services and technology, consumer products and manufacturing, real estate/proptech and travel. Much of his investing philosophy and approach is informed by his experiences as a two-time founder, first in the 3D Graphics hardware space and later in the enterprise software/ERP sector. Eric is also an attorney, and practiced in the corporate group at Fenwick & West in Silicon Valley. As an undergraduate, he was an intern in the only very famous White House internship class. Eric holds a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley, a J.D. from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Columbia.
Sam Rubenstein is the President of Panacea Capital Advisors, Inc., a venture capital and strategic advisory firm based in Bethesda, Maryland, that works with a broad range of US middle market companies. In addition to startup and early stage Food Tech, Music Tech and other technology-enabled B2B services with an innovative or disruptive focus, Panacea Capital also invests in and provides strategic advisory services to middle market companies in foodservice, content and information services, outdoor media, distribution and supply chain services, marketing services, financial services, crowd funding services and some consumer retail.
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.
Bessemer Venture Partners is a venture capital firm based in Redwood City, California. The firm focuses on investing in companies operating in the clean technology, energy, healthcare, financial services, mobile, data security, cloud computing, software, communications and manufacturing sectors.
Aydin Senkut is the Founder and Managing Director of Felicis Ventures. An original “super-angel” investor, he was named to Forbes’ Midas List in 2014, 2015 and 2016, and to NY Times' Top 20 VCs list in 2016. Aydin is well-known as an early backer of a number of iconic companies including Shopify (NYSE:SHOP), Fitbit (NYSE:FIT), Adyen, Clearslide, Credit Karma, and Rovio. More than 60 Felicis companies such as Brightroll, Climate Corp, Dropcam, Twitch, and Meraki, have been acquired by industry leaders such as Google, Amazon, Cisco, Apple, Microsoft, AT&T, Disney, Yahoo and Ebay. His recent focus areas include re-invention of core markets like intelligent SaaS and financial services as well as development of frontier technologies including AI/deep learning and robotics. Prior to starting Felicis Ventures, Aydin was a Senior Manager at Google, responsible for strategic partner development and account management in Asia Pacific (including Japan). Aydin joined Google in 1999 as its first Product Manager to launch Google’s first 10 international sites, its first online search licensing products and its first Safe Search. He then became the first International Sales Manager at Google, responsible for world-wide licensing deals. Before joining Google, Aydin was the Product Manager for Data Visualization and Data Mining software MineSet at SGI. Aydin received a BS in Business Administration with Honors from Boston University. He also earned an MBA in Marketing from the Wharton School and an MA in International Studies from the School of Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. He speaks five languages: English, German, French, Portuguese and Turkish. Aydin and his wife are Associate Founders of Singularity University, have backed bio-tech research at UCSF and sponsored a scholarship at the University of Pennsylvania.Aydin has also been featured on Businessweek, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, and Financial Times Germany.
Norwest Venture Partners is a multi-stage venture capital and growth equity investment firm based in Palo Alto, California. The firm prefers to invest in the cloud and IT infrastructure, SaaS and enterprise software, internet and consumer, healthcare, technology, information services, financial services and consumer products sectors.
Ironwood Capital Partners
Mayank Parekh is the Founder of Grange Partners, a proprietary private equity firm that has made over 20 ‘impact’ investments in the small-cap sector across Southeast Asia, USA, and Sri Lanka. His investment experience spans close to a dozen years with an investment portfolio across sectors including Healthcare, Education, Financial Services, Telecom, F&B/Retail, and Consumer IoT / Tech. Prior to establishing Grange, he was Partner & Managing Director at Southern Capital Group, a pan-Asian mid-cap leveraged buyout Fund. Formerly, Mayank spent close to a dozen years at McKinsey & Company, where he departed as Managing Partner of their Singapore office. He also helmed McKinsey’s Corporate Finance group in South East Asia. Out of nearly 27 years professional experience, Mayank has spent over 22-years in the Asia-Pacific region. During this time, he has built a broad network of government and industry leaders, business owners, professional executives, and family offices. Mayank earned his MBA from the University of Chicago and his BA with Distinction from Hamilton College.
Oak Investment Partners is a multistage venture capital firm and a lead investor for the next generation of disruptive growth companies. The firm focuses on investing in the information technology, internet and consumer, media, financial services technology, healthcare information and services, consumer retail and clean energy sectors. It was founded in 1978 and is headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Rosecliff Ventures is a venture capital firm. The firm invests in early-stage ventures and growth equity opportunities. In addition, the firm may invest on an opportunistic basis in late-stage venture opportunities. Rosecliff invests in the financial services, healthcare, information technology and consumer products and services sectors. The firm was founded in 2015 and is based in New York, New York.
Wicklow Capital is a family investment office and venture capital firm based in Chicago, Illinois. The firm invests in early stage companies operating in the financial services, software and information technology sectors.