Nancy E. Pfund is Founder and Managing Partner of DBL Partners, a venture capital firm whose goal is to combine top-tier financial returns with meaningful social, environmental and economic returns in the regions and sectors in which it invests. Nancy is also the Founder of DBL Investors. As a leading player in the growing field of “impact investing”, DBLhas helped to reveal the power of venture capital to promote social change and environmental improvement, and Ms. Pfund writes and speaks frequently on this topic. Ms. Pfund currently sponsors or sits on the board of directors of several companies, including; SolarCity (NASDAQ: SCTY) on both the audit and compensation committees, and is chair of the corporate governance committee; Farmers Business Network, Advanced Microgrid Solutions, Off-Grid Electric, Primus Power, The Muse, and, prior to their public offerings, Tesla Motors and Pandora. Prior to founding DBL Investors, Ms. Pfund was a Managing Director in Venture Capital at JPMorgan, having started her investment career at Hambrecht & Quist in 1984. Previously, Ms. Pfund worked at Intel Corporation, the State of California, Stanford University and the Sierra Club. Ms. Pfund was recently featured in 2016 Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business list; featured #17 in the 2014 FORTUNE Inaugural World’s Top 25 Eco-Innovators; is Chair of the Advisory Council of the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University; a member of the Advisory Board of: the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab); and the UC Davis Center for Energy Efficiency, and a Trustee of the National Geographic Society. She has been a Lecturer in Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Yale School of Management; and is a C3E Ambassador to the U.S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Program, led by the U.S. Department of Energy. She is also a founding officer and director of ABC2, a foundation aimed at accelerating a cure for brain cancer. Ms. Pfund is the author, along with Benjamin Healey of the widely cited report on the history of U.S. energy subsidies entitled, “What Would Jefferson Do? The Historical Role of Federal Subsidies in Shaping America’s Energy Future”, co-authored with Michael Lazar, “Red, White & Green: The True Colors of America’s Clean Tech Jobs”, co-authored with Noah Walker, “Ask Saint Onofrio: Finding What Has Been Lost in A Tale of Two Energy Sources”, co-authored with Anand Chhabra, “Renewables Are Driving Up Electricity Prices: Wait, What?”, and co-authored with Kristofer Holz, “The 2017 Inauguration: Empowering a Clean Energy Nation”. Ms. Pfund received her BA and MA in anthropology from Stanford University, and her MBAfrom the Yale School of Management
BioGenerator is an evergreen investor that creates, grows and invests in promising companies and entrepreneurs. The firm is the investment arm of BioSTL and it's work spans the early-stage startup lifecycle of companies within the health and plant sciences. The firm identifies and de-risks commercially promising innovations and services, advises innovators and entrepreneurs, recruits and supports entrepreneurial talent, makes staged investments grounded in rigorous due diligence and offers access to lab space and capital equipment..
6AM City. LLC
Ryan Heafy, a mechanical engineer by degree, began his career at Sikorsky Aircraft, where he managed the development of a vertically integrated supply chain for the H-60L helicopter transmission. In 2012, he joined the leadership team at ADEX Machining Technologies, in Greenville, South Carolina. After successfully positioning ADEX for private equity acquisition in 2015, Ryan exited the company. Following his passion, Ryan became the Founding Executive Director of iMAGINE Upstate, raising funds and building a team to launch an educational platform and downtown festival designed to inspire students about workforce opportunities through STEAM education. Ryan Heafy is always looking to bridge the gap between organizations, generations, and communities; to bring together individuals that can get things done. Ryan Heafy is currently the Chief Operating Officer of 6AM City, and is responsible for product development, new market deployment, and managing the sustainable growth of the Company. Current markets include GVLtoday, COLAtoday, CHStoday, AVLtoday, LALtoday and NOOGAtoday.
Paul Silber serves as Co-Founding Principal at Blu Venture Investors. Silber also serves as Advisor at Evergreen Advisors and Insightin Health. Silber serves as Advisor at Evergreen Advisors and also serves as Board Member at Encore Path. He a native of Baltimore was the founder and President/CEO of In Vitro Technologies, (IVT), a bioscience company that provides products and services to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. After relocating to Baltimore in 1991, In Vitro grew from two employees to a staff of 70, including several employees in Europe. The company also expanded its international business to Japan, the U.K., and Germany, while bringing the products of international companies to their North American customers through strategic alliances and distribution relationships.
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.
managing partner at A3 ventures, father to Sara and Julian, avid lover of life and our shared experience.
Adam is Founder/CEO of Lucas Point Ventures and an active investor in and advisor to early stage companies. His investments include The Muse, Rapt Media, VenueBook, Hire and Esquire, Pinks and Greens, Validately and Snaps. He recently served as Chief Financial Officer of NYC based cybersecurity company NopSec, another of his investees. He is and member of and/or advisor to several angel groups including Astia Angel where he is a founding Angel and sits on the Astia Global Advisory Board. He is a Advisor/Mentor at Women's Startup Lab, Mergelane and Techweek. In the not for profit space he is Board member at International House New York and a member of their Executive Committee. He is also a Board member at the Center for Talent Innovation. Adam has over 25 years of investing and management experience most recently at Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he was most recently Managing Director and head of Global Macro Research. He was a top ranked sell side investment analyst in the UK, Asia and the US. Additionally he is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs where he is a Capstone workshop advisor and member of the Management faculty. He holds a MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and an MBA from Cass Business School, London.
Randy Haykin is a well-known angel and venture investor residing in the Silicon Valley. He has been a Managing Director at Outlook for the past ten years, after co-founding the firm in 1996. He led the firm's early involvement at Overture, and has represented Outlook on the Boards of Digital Chocolate, Reply.com, Reconnex, Loyalty Lab, Bridgestream (acquired by Oracle), NetBrowser Communications, nSite Software, Impulse Network (acquired by Inktomi N: IKTM), eTeamz (merged with Active Networks), Voquette (merged with Semagix), Qbiquity (acquired by Collabrys) and, Logilent (merged with Toolwire, Inc). Prior to Outlook, Haykin held various senior sales and marketing positions in the high technology arena over the past 19 years with high-profile companies such as Yahoo!, Viacom, Paramount, BBN, IBM, and Apple Computer. Haykin served as the founding Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Yahoo!, where he was responsible for building the company's marketing team, establishing agency relationships and generating initial business model and advertising sales for Yahoo. Haykin served as interim VP Marketing at NetChannel, which was successfully acquired by America Online in 1998. He has also served as part of the core team that launched America Online's Greenhouse, a successful venture incubator. In his five years at Apple Computer, Haykin was responsible for creating and launching the Apple Multimedia Program for developers as well as a line of retail multimedia and CD-ROM products. He was also responsible for the division's strategic relations, including the creation of the ''New Media Center'' program for higher education, with ten other manufacturers and publishers. As the Director of Operations and Business Development at Viacom/Paramount's West Coast operations (the ''Media Kitchen''), Haykin was in charge of online services and interactive team-building, corporate strategy and marketing. Haykin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Studies from Brown University, magna cum laude, and an MBA from Harvard's Graduate School of Business. He is the author of ''Demystifying Multimedia'' (Random House, 1993). Randy enjoys ''soccer-parenting'', playing the guitar and family outings with his wife, Patty and three daughters, Elise, Julianna and Kayla. He is on the Governing Board of Opportunity International, a non-profit that provides micro-loans for 3rd World countries and the Board of the American Cancer Society.
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.
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.
Ben joined Eden as a General Partner in 2006 and is one of Eden's Investment Managers. He joined the Eden team after 18 years of corporate finance experience in Europe and the US, most recently as Managing Director at Broadview International (now Jefferies) where he was responsible for building the global digital media practice. Ben focuses on opportunities in the internet, e-commerce, SaaS and games markets. He currently sits on the boards of Borro, Huddle, Reevoo and Green Man Gaming. What he loves about early stage investing is the daily interaction with entrepreneurs looking to build world-class companies.
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.
Josh Green is the founder and Managing Partner of Traverse Venture Partners, a leading investor in the rapidly emerging field of UrbanTech: innovative solutions that improve the economic and environmental performance of buildings. With an LP base that includes real estate owners, operators and builders, Traverse acts as a trusted innovation and sustainability partner, accelerating the adoption of proven solutions into the built environment. Josh has over 15 years of experience in the energy industry, as both an investor and operator. Prior to launching Traverse, Josh managed CCM Energy, an investment firm he founded in 2012 with CCM Group, a leading real estate company. Before CCM, he was a co-founder and the CEO of Verdeo Group, a leading clean energy project developer acquired by Sindicatum Sustainable Resources in 2011. Earlier in his career, Josh held various investment roles, including serving as a Director at Climate Change Capital, responsible for building and managing a global portfolio of low carbon investments for the firm’s $1 billion carbon fund, the Chief Operating Officer of the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust, and a Vice President for Softbank Emerging Markets. Josh began his career working with some of the leading utilities in South America as a Consultant with Monitor Group. Josh holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Dartmouth College, and currently serves on the boards of Generate Capital, Project Frog, Mercatus, Nextility, and Summit Power Group.
Peter Hotz is the Founder and serves as Chief Executive Officer & President at Vybe Urgent Care. He serves as Board Member at ConnectYourCare. Peter is a seasoned entrepreneur and business leader who thrives on supporting emerging health care businesses. He is the Co-founder and Managing Director of Vynamic X, an early-stage health care investment platform and has also served as consultant, mentor, investor and board member to several emerging and established innovators, including: EXOS (formerly Athletes' Performance), Inpatient Medical Services, Blueprint Health and Startup Health. He was Group Vice President and President of Walgreens' Take Care Health Systems, and Executive Vice President/Chied Operating Officer of CHD Meridian Healthcare-the nation's leading provider of workplace health care, wellness and pharmacy services. Peter's specialties include Business Development and Sales Management, Financial Advisory Services, Interim & Turnaround Management, Strategic & Operational Consulting and Executive Recruitment. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Ursinus College and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Maryland. He is also Founder and serves as Managing Director at 5 Cap Ventures.
Evergreen Venture Partners is a venture capital firm that specializes in early stage and emerging growth investments. The firm invests in the communications, internet and media, software, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and clean technology sectors.