Off the grid ventures
David is a Founder and Managing Partner at Off The Grid Ventures, a pre-seed and seed stage venture capital firm. Off The Grid Ventures backs ''off the grid entrepreneurs'', i.e. women and foreign/immigrant entrepreneurs, in the B2B Tech and Fintech arenas. These entrepreneurs are underserved when it comes to early-stage funding, and yet the diversity of their teams lead them to reach great heights. Prior to founding Off The Grid Ventures, David was a Managing Partner at Arc Venture Partners and a Senior Principal at Cipio Partners, both secondary direct venture capital firms. In these capacities, he led and managed investments in successful companies such as Airtight Networks, Broadbus (acquired by Motorola), Continuous Computing (acquired by Radisys), Danger (acquired by Microsoft), DisplayLink, Fortemedia, Impinj (NASDAQ: PI), Polychromix (acquired by Thermo Fisher Scientific), PSS Systems (acquired by IBM), Tropos Networks (acquired by ABB), Verimatrix, and Voltage Security (acquired by Hewlett Packard). Previously, David was an investment manager at the NESBIC CTE Fund, a pan-European early-stage venture capital firm where he notably led the firm’s investments in Outsystems and Oxxio (acquired by Centrica). Before becoming a venture capitalist, David started his career as an investment banker for Lehman Brothers in London and Banque Paribas in Sao Paulo. David holds an MBA from Wharton, a Masters in Applied Economics from the IEP de Paris, a BA in Business Law from Sorbonne University and a BA in Political Sciences from the IEP de Paris.
Mike Collett is Founder and Managing Partner of Promus Ventures, a venture capital firm based in Chicago and San Francisco investing in deep-technology software and hardware companies in the U.S., Europe and New Zealand. Mike has been a venture capital investor in software and hardware for over 15 years. He has invested in more than 65 private technology companies, including areas such as artificial intelligence/machine learning, space, fintech, robotics, syn bio, computer vision, connected car, blockchain, healthcare, insurance, agriculture, nanotechnology and others. Mike currently serves on numerous Boards of Directors of private technology companies, including Spire, Gauss Surgical, Dispatch, ICEYE, CrossLend, Rhombus and others. Mike previously was Founder and Managing Partner of Masters Capital Nanotechnology Fund, a venture capital firm. Investments included companies in quantum cascade lasers, quantum dots, photonic integrated optoelectronic devices, nano-engineered fabrics and others. While at Masters Capital, a hedge fund, Mike invested in private technology software and hardware companies. Prior to venture capital, Mike was a Vice President at Merrill Lynch in their Mergers & Acquisitions group as well as an Associate at Duff & Phelps. Mike holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Math and Bachelor’s of Arts in English from Vanderbilt University. He also holds a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from Washington University in St. Louis. Mike and his wife Paige have four children and live in Chicago.
Nenad Marovac has more than 25 years of venture capital and private equity investment experience in the technology and media sectors. Nenad is the Founder and Managing Partner of DN Capital. Prior to DN Capital, Nenad was a Partner at Advent International in London, where he focused on TMT investments. Nenad focuses on investments in marketplaces, software as a service (SAAS), fintech, consumer mobile applications and digital health companies. Amongst his select investments are Shazam Entertainment (sold to Apple), Auto1 (largest online marketplace for used cars), Apsmart (acquired by Thomson Reuters), Datanomic (acquired by Oracle), Endeca, (acquired by Oracle), Eve Sleep (IPO London), Happn, Hometogo, Hostmaker, Joblift, Mister Spex, Performance Horizon Group, Purplebricks (IPO London), Tbricks (acquired by Orc) and Quandoo (acquired by Recruit Holding). Nenad is also the Chair of Invest Europe and an active member of YPO in London and Berlin. Nenad received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School
Miles is an Investor in early-stage startups. He has invested in and advised dozens of companies at the earliest stages including Altschool, Honor, Remix, Vivaa Health, TrustToken and Thunder. As a Venture Partner at F-Prime Capital, he focuses on enterprise tech and fintech businesses. Additionally, he has helped seed nonprofits such as Issue One, One Acre, MakeHaven and Imagine Worldwide. Miles is an Entrepreneur - Starting his career as an entrepreneur while still a college student, he co-founded Higher One in his living room. As senior exec and later board chair, he led the company from idea to $200mil+ revenue, ~1000 employees and IPO including making multiple acquisitions. He was proud to campaign internal culture and values including open communication and client service. Higher One also ranked highly on the national Great Place to Work list twice as well as Inc 500 and multiple other fast growth lists. Miles was an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year regional winner and national finalist. Miles went on to start two other venture-backed startups: SeeClickFix (SaaS for government) where he serves on the board and OneUni (higher education education via smartphone).
Christian Faes is a Co-Founder and serves as the Chief Executive Officer & Board Member at LendInvest. He also is an Angel Investor. He started his career as a real estate lawyer in Australia with Allens Arthur Robinson. He was subsequently a partner at a boutique law firm and founded a mezzanine mortgage finance business. He has also practiced as a securitisation lawyer at Clifford Chance and in-house legal counsel at Deutsche Bank, both in London. In 2008, Christian co-founded Montello, the leading UK bridging finance lender, before spinning it out to create LendInvest in 2013. Christian is a keen advocate for the fintech sector, as well as an active supporter and early investor in several startups, including Seedrs, Crowdcube, Plentific and Onfido. He holds a LLB (Bachelor of Laws) Honors in Law from Bond University.
Michael Meyer serves as General Partner at Edge Harris Ventures. Mike is an entrepreneur, inventor, and inveterate early-stage investor. As Founder and CEO of Transmitive, his team developed the groundbreaking Memote remote-control platform, bringing together consumer electronics and mobile software. Mike is the lead inventor on and holds the patent for the remote control of obstructed, infrared-light-receiving devices via omnidirectional IR output. He has directly supervised physicists, electrical engineers, patent agents, industrial designers, software engineers, and web developers. Mike studied Physics at Yale University while still in high school, graduated summa cum laude and valedictorian from Landmark College, and finished his academic career at Columbia University. He is an active investor in early-stage fintech companies, and was an early first-round investor in both Dataminr and Artivest. A member of the Milstein family, which owns and operates Emigrant Savings Bank, New York Private Bank & Trust, Milstein Properties, Milstein Ventures, and Milford Management, Mike has close ties to banking, real estate, and traditional venture financing, which supplement his excellent access to deal flow as part of the New York City tech startup world.
Henry Jefferies is an early-stage venture capital investor at Dawn Capital in London, focusing on B2B software and fintech in Europe at Series A/B. Dawn Capital is the largest European B2B-focused VC, with previous investments including Mimecast [MIME], iZettle, Collibra, Showpad and Dataiku. Previously Henry was an associate in the TMT M&A team at Goldman Sachs in London. Henry is a graduate of Oriel College, Oxford University, with a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
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.
Sateesh has worked in or with venture-backed technology start-ups in U.S/India for the past twenty years. Currently, he is Managing Director at Endiya Partners, a Venture Capital fund that offers Startup Capital to Product Startups across Technology, Healthcare and Consumer Services. He serves on boards of Slang Labs, AlphaICs, Kissht, and Darwinbox As a Managing Partner of Ventureast Tenet Fund, he served on the boards of Little Eye Labs (Facebook), Seclore and OneBreath. Prior to joining Ventureast, Andra was a Venture Partner and one of the founding members of Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ) India, a global venture capital fund investing in category-leading Technology and Cleantech companies in India like Cleartrip, PubMatic, Attero, Reva and mGinger etc. Prior to DFJ, Sateesh co-founded Euclid, a silicon valley startup, in the IT Management Software space and was instrumental in raising VC funding ($35 M+), acquiring, and managing marquee customers and partners. He has also served in product marketing and engineering leadership roles at Tsqware (Conexant), LSI Logic, and VLSI Technology (Philips). He is a Charter Member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE). He is involved with the Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy with the objective of popularizing sports and promoting fitness consciousness in the corporate world. Sateesh co-founded Health Awareness Promotion Project India (HAPPI), which creates awareness about Non-Communicable Diseases. Sateesh holds a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering. Specialties: Semi Conductors, SaaS/Cloud, Security, Mobile, Fintech
Universal Commerce Group
Gennadiy Vasyukov is a serial technology entrepreneur and venture investor. He has launched dozens of internet-projects in the markets of Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and European Union countries such as Poland, the Czech Republic, Spain, the Netherlands, France, Cyprus, and continues to invest in this direction. He owns and operates companies in the different business areas such as e-commerce, FinTech, EdTech, BigData, machine learning, AI. In the same time, Gennadiy is a senior business manager with more than 20 years’ experience in law, IP rights, business development and consultancy. He used to working on large projects covering multiple sites and countries, and able to manage, motivate and developing successful and productive teams. From 2006 till 2011 Gennadiy Vasyukov was a Supervisory Board Member at Global Spirits Holding (ТМ “Khortitsa”, “Shustov”, “Morosha”, “Blagoff”, “Medovukha”, “Oreanda”) - the largest alcohol holding in the Eastern Europe, which turnover in 2010 was about $1b. In 2010, Gennadiy co-founded a law company «Vasyukov, Ostapyuk & Partners» with offices in Ukraine and USA. In 2012, Gennadiy co-founded the International Internet Holding «Universal Commerce Group». The holding includes more than 25 projects in such areas as E-commerce, Price Comparison, Marketplaces, Job, Recruiting, Automotive, Real Estate, Healthcare, Digital Marketing, Lead Generation, Media and others. Main projects are Aport, Price.ua, Trud.com, Vcene, Modasto. In 2014, Gennadiy co-founded WAYFORPAY. It is the online payment system with 3-D Secure technology that is licensed by the National Bank of Ukraine, National Commission for Financial Markets Regulation and also has the license of the National Bank of the Czech Republic, with a right of electronic money emission. The Company has offices in Ukraine and in EU countries (Latvia and the Czech Republic). In 2018, he has launched a new non-profit project Noblest.org – portal of personnel search for non-profit organizations all over the world. Gennadiy received a PhD in Public Finance and Master of Public Administration and authored the thesis «Provision of Financial Autonomy of Local Self-Government» and 11 research papers. He was rated a candidate master by the Ukrainian Chess Federation and is the prizewinner of Ukrainian judo tournaments.
Mark got his start as a full-time operator – co-founding a dozen fintech, SaaS, e-commerce, retail, green tech, online gaming, and music ventures over the past 30 years. Now, Mark's passion is as 'player/coach'. His mission is two-fold: helping America reduce the cost and increase the efficacy of health care via technology, and enabling founders (with deep domain experience in their respective industry) to take on the legacy providers that directly or indirectly are holding back change. Mark is Founder and Chairman of the recently launched UCSF Health Hub, UCSF's new innovation hub and non-profit growth studio that connects ideas and companies with the people, expertise, and capital needed to grow and scale breakthrough healthcare solutions. Mark also previously was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Softbank and then at NEA and founded Bad Ass Advisors, a curated community of thousands of Silicon Valley tech mentors and early-stage companies and has made over 125 investments in tech either as an angel or institutional investor. Mark is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and has served on it's Board of Overseers.
Seven Peaks Ventures is an early stage venture capital firm founded in 2013 with locations in Bend, Portland, and Seattle. The firm invests in AI/ML driven B2B and enterprise software and in specific market verticals such as FinTech, Real Estate Tech, HR Tech, Med Tech, and Digital Health.
At Javelin, Alex is a generalist, looking for disruptive opportunities across a variety of sectors, including marketplaces, e-commerce, digital media, consumer mobile, gaming, fintech, and enterprise SaaS. He sits on the boards of Estimote, KindlyCare, MasterClass, Rinse, Stensul, Telerivet, and Vendigo. Alex is also a board observer for Mythical Games and Thumbtack. Prior to joining Javelin, Alex was a Principal at DFJ Aurora, where he helped establish one of the first venture capital funds focused on high tech investments in Russia and Eastern Europe. Prior to DFJ, Alex was the first employee at ooma, a venture-backed company in the consumer electronics, VoIP (voice over IP) space, where he led the company’s initial product roll out, customer acquisition, and retail distribution strategy in product management and business development roles. Alex was also co-founder of Say-Hey-Hey.com, one of the web’s first free video dating sites, where he was in charge of all product development, fundraising, and business development efforts. Alex serves as a key advisor to several Silicon Valley early stage start-ups, including Sifteo (acquired by 3DR). Alex holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was co-President of the Venture Capital Club, a leader of a Global Study Trip, and a Board Fellow. He also holds a B.S. in Management Science and Engineering, a B.A. in International Relations, and an M.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University. During his time at Stanford, Alex was a Mayfield Fellow and led major technology centered research projects at General Motors and IBM for Stanford’s Center for Work, Technology, and Organization.
Dawn Capital is a venture capital firm which invests in the areas of fintech and B2B software. The firm primarily focuses on companies based in the United Kingdom and Europe.
Cocoon Networks is an operator of an international start-up ecosystem based in London, United Kingdom. It invests in the fintech, biotech, medical devices and the United Kingdom's tech industries, like fashion-tech. The firm offers a full range of services including venture capital investment, business accelerators, spaces, labs and IP management.
Cygnus Capital is a venture capital firm that is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It invests in the fintech, agtech, cleantech and biotech sectors.
IGNIA is a Mexico based early-to-late stage venture capital firm that invests in innovative solutions for the emerging middles class, representing 70% of the population. Founded in 2007, IGNIA has two funds with US$200 million capital raised. IGNIA invests in sectors such as healthcare, fintech, financial services, education and basic services.
China Growth Capital is an early stage venture capital firm that was founded in 2006 and headquartered in Beijing, China. The firm invests in tech startup companies. It also invests in companies operating in the SaaS, fintech, online education, and consumer internet sectors.
Vincent Turner is a Co-Founder and serves as Chief Executive Officer at Uno. He also serves as Advisor at Income&. His previous startup in mortgage software was based in Australia and had over 90% of banks there as customers. Since moving to SF in 2011 he also set up and runs the SF Fintech meetup, now the 3rd largest in the world (after NYC and London). As well as running Planwise Vincent is an investor and advisor to a handful of select fintech companies.