Valley Oak Investments is a venture capital firm that invests in early-stage companies operating in the food, agriculture, health and wellness sectors. The firm was founded in 1999 and is based in San Francisco, California.
Perez is a Co-Founder at Tastemade. Joe is an entrepreneur, advisor and Internet product executive with over 17 years of experience in technology, media and health. Most recently, Joe was EVP of Product and a founding team member of Demand Media (NYSE: DMD) where he spent the last six years building products and communities for one of the largest networks on the Internet. Joe was also the Co-Founder of The Daily Plate, a popular diet and fitness community and app that was acquired by Demand Media as a foundation for the health and wellness site LIVESTRONG.COM. Joe and the team grew LIVESTRONG.COM from a small startup to one of the most visited health and wellness sites in its category in just 4 years. The MyPlate Calorie tracker mobile app has grown to be one of the most popular paid apps in the health category on iTunes since launching in 2007. Prior to Demand Media, Joe was SVP of Network and Operations at Intermix Media, parent company of MySpace (acquired by Fox Interactive Media), where he was responsible for building and operating the online gaming and social media platform group. Previously, Joe was an executive in Silicon Valley where he worked for a variety of technology and gaming startups inclduing TEN/Pogo.com (acquired by EA), Excite@Home and Pulse Entertainment. Joe currently serves on the advisory board of the USC Center for Body Computing (CBC) whose mission is to bring together business and research innovators to study, accelerate and create digital health solutions. Joe graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in business and an emphasis in Marketing.
Cottonwood Technology Fund is a venture capital firm based in Santa Fe, New Mexico with a focus on the Southwest US and northern Europe and was founded in 2009. The firm invests in technology companies operating in the communications, biotechnology, health and wellness and clean technology sectors.
Educated and experienced with a background in advertising, I have a passion for creating memorable interactive experiences through content, design and technology. Currently, I am the founder and CEO of Nutrilyze, a personalized nutrition scoring platform designed for the individual to optimize health and wellness.