Founder/VC @touchdown_vc; proud alumnus of @Wharton, @ucsantabarbara, @comcast, @SonyPictures & Lehman Bros. Huge @Angels, @Eagles & @Lakers fan.
Graham Forman is the Founder and serves as a Managing Director at Edovate Capital. He serves as Board Member at Aegis Identity Software. He has been an early-stage investor and entrepreneur since 2001. For the last decade and a half he led sales, marketing, and business development for three early-stage, high-growth SaaS businesses selling to the education market. Most recently he served as Vice President of Business Development for Netchemia, LLC, a venture-backed cloud-based software company serving the K-12 marketplace where he led new business development and strategic partnerships. During his eight-year tenure the company grew to more than 2,000 school district customers throughout the United States. Netchemia was acquired by Vista Equity Partners and merged with PeopleAdmin in February 2015. He also served in leadership roles with high-growth tech startups Yearmovie and eCivis, LLC. Earlier in his career he was a legislative aide for former U.S. Senator Paul Simon and California State Assemblyman, Senator, and Community College Chancellor Jack Scott, who instilled in him a passion for education issues. Serving these education leaders he developed his understanding of legislative and regulatory issues in education. Graham is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Colorado Education Initiative, which is a non-profit dedicated to advancing educational innovation across the state of Colorado. He is an avid angel investor and value investor, having managed his portfolio to critical mass and above market returns over the last 10 years. He has an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a BA from the University of Chicago.
Ethan Batraski serves as Vice President at Venrock. He is an Angel Investor. Ethan joined Venrock, focusing on emerging technologies that rewire industries, including robotics, autonomy, space/aeronautics, decentralized systems, and agriculture, after 15+ years as a product & design executive. He sits on the boards of Osmo Systems and SkyRyse. Prior to Venrock, Ethan was a Product Leader at Facebook leading a $15B+ revenue business, and was a Partner at ProFounder, a pre-seed angel syndicate focused on deep technology breakthroughs. Previously, he was the VP Product & Design at Box, leading new products and growth from $150M to $400M ARR through IPO, the VP Product & Design at Adchemy through their acquisition by @WalmartLabs, and was the founding product & design leader at RiseSmart (acquired by Randstad) and Headcase Labs (acquired). He spent time earlier in his career leading the Search Business at Yahoo! and Consumer Products at Symantec. Ethan has 16 patents issued or pending across semantic search, recommendation models, and predictive syste
Robert Siegel serves as Partner at XSeed Capital. He is the Advisor at Pixlee. He serves as Board member at Sparta Science. He served as Advisor at K5 Ventures. His investment areas include enterprise software, business operations where computational technology helps automate / improve company performance, and computing platforms that shape both business and consumer behaviors. He sits on the Board of Directors of Zooz, Lex Machina, Cape Productions and DropThought, and he led XSeed's investments in CirroSecure (acquired by Palo Alto Networks - NYSE: PANW), Chatous, Dispatcher, Breezeworks, The League, Teapot, Smart Coffee Technology, Neon, Pixlee, Caller Zen and SIPX (acquired by ProQuest), and also supports other portfolio companies such as Citrine Informatics. He is currently on the faculty at the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he teaches Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation, Formation of New Ventures, The Industrialist's Dilemma and Entrepreneurial Finance. In these classes he has led research and written cases on companies including Google, Box, AngelList, SurveyMonkey, Medium, Wikimedia Foundation, Zuora, Minted, 500 Startups, TrueCar, Axel Springer, General Electric and Starbucks (La Boulange), amongst others. Robert is the Co-President of Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs, an alumni association that fosters relationships to strengthen the Stanford startup community, as well as the Chairman of the Strategic Advisory Board for TTTech in Vienna, Austria. He has co-authored several articles for California Management Review, is a Wall Street Journal Startup Guru, and is a frequent contributor to Forbes and VentureBeat. Prior to joining XSeed, Robert was General Manager of the Video and Software Solutions division for GE Security, with annual revenues of $350 million. Robert was also Executive Vice President of Pixim, Inc., a fabless semiconductor firm specializing in image sensors and processors (acquired by Sony). Before Pixim, Robert was Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Weave Innovations Inc. (acquired by Kodak), a network services developer that invented the world's first digital picture frame, and delivered photos and other digital media to PCs and internet / mobile devices. Robert served in various management roles at Intel Corporation, including an executive position in their Corporate Business Development division, in which he invested capital in startups that were strategically aligned with Intel's vision. Previous to Intel, Robert was promoted to a series of senior sales and marketing positions at GeoWorks, which went public in 1993. Robert holds a BA from UC Berkeley, an MBA from Stanford University, is the co-inventor of four patents and served as lead researcher for Andy Grove's book Only the Paranoid Survive.
Dan Martell skydives and snowboards and believes running is among the secrets to a fruitful life. But the 29-year-old Moncton, N.B., native insists business is his sport. With a background in computer programming but no formal business training, Dan's passion for technology and business has meant he has had a hand in launching several companies to date. Dan has been described as not having a ''knowing-doing gap.'' At 25, and just 10 months into his 2004 start-up, Spheric Technologies Inc., the Canadian firm was landing so many deals south of the border that instead of seeking visa sponsorships for his traveling employees, he moved quickly to set up a U.S. office. Growing by an average of 152% per year, Spheric raked in three business awards before the economy forced the company to effectively close in early 2009. An award winning Entrepreneur, Dan recently co-founded Flowtown, a company focused on providing web-based tools that allow small businesses to measure their online marketing efforts. Now living in San Francisco, Martell spends the majority of his time looking at ways to build a bridge between Silicon Valley and New Brunswick. As an informal angel investor, he is active in advising entrepreneurs using metric-based marketing tactics to gain market adoption. An avid reader who dreams of remaining a lifelong student, Dan invests in startups whose opportunities and ideas he can get excited about. His philosophy is to build companies that solve the business problems he faces. He takes risks in work and life and focuses on the journey over the reward. Martell is relentless in his work ethic — if a job has to get done, he'll do it right away.Martell is a board member of Propel ICT and also volunteers his time working with youth battling addictions at Portage NB. He is passionately involved in facilitating micro-lending to entrepreneurs in developing countries through the non-profit, Kiva.org.
Stephan Paternot is a Co-Founder of PalmStar alongside Frakes and Taylor. Stephan is currently co-founder & CEO of Slated, an online entertainment industry marketplace that enables introductions to projects, talent, financing and sales. Stephan is also the founder and general partner of the Actarus Funds. Founded in 2002, these angel funds have backed such companies as LendingClub, SecondMarket, Indiegogo, AngelList and many more. Prior to this, he cofounded one of the first Internet community sites, theglobe.com in 1994. The company set stock market history when it went public in 1998 with a record setting IPO pushing the company valuation to over $1 Billion. Over a six-year span the company grew to over 300 employees with the website becoming one of the top thirty most trafficked sites in the world with nearly 10% of all internet users visiting the site monthly. In 1999 Stephan won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and in 2001 published "A Very Public Offering", a non-fiction business book detailing his experience at theglobe.com. Before founding the company, Stephan attended Cornell University where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science. Stephan grew up in Switzerland and the United Kingdom before attending college in the United States. Beyond his duties at the Actarus Funds, Stephan sits on the board of the Heineman Foundation, based in New York, and on the board of it's sister organization the Heineman-Stiftung, based in Berlin. The aims of the foundations are to give financial support to educational, artistic, cause based and scientific non-profit institutions. Stephan resides in Los Angeles.
Based in San Francisco. Invests in Consumer Internet, Information Technology, Marketplaces, Social Commerce, Mobile, Mobile Commerce, Mobile Payments, Service Providers, University Students, Alumni, ECommerce, Fashion, Parenting, Kids, Custom Retail, Mass Customization, Web Design, Startups, User Experience Design, Shipping, Supply Chain Management, Logistics
Sapphire Ventures. LLC
Steve is a managing director at Sapphire Ventures, where he is responsible for the firm’s capital markets activities as well as coverage of the sports and media technology sector. Other areas of technology interest for the firm include consumer hardware, automotive technology and legal technology. Steve has served as a board director for Recommind and currently serves as a board observer for Tonal and Fevo. Steve is a founding partner of the firm’s early-stage sports, media and entertainment technology investing initiative, Sapphire Sport. Prior to joining Sapphire Ventures, Steve was a managing director in technology investment banking at Deutsche Bank, UBS and Jefferies, where he led more than 100 financings and M&A transactions. Earlier in his career, Steve was a strategy consultant at Bain & Company and worked in technology corporate finance at Robertson Stephens. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, with highest honors, an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a JD from Stanford Law School. During his time at Stanford, Steve was a fellow at the Stanford Center for Conflict and Negotiation and worked for the San Francisco 49ers on salary cap modeling. He also serves on the Bay Area Leadership Council for the U.S. Soccer Foundation. Steve is based in our Palo Alto office. He has also lived in London, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., and traveled extensively throughout Europe and China.
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.
Updata Partners is a private equity firm that provides growth equity to software and software-enabled businesses. The firm invests in the infrastructure software, application software, SaaS, technology-enabled services, digital media and e-commerce sectors. It was founded in 1998 and is based in Washington, District of Columbia.
Ravi Gururaj is the Founder and serves as the Chief Executive Officer at QikPod. Ravi Gururaj serves as Mentor & India Representative at Citrix Startup Accelerator. Gururaj is a Co-Founder and serves as Chairman at Frictionless Ventures. He is a Co-Founder and serves as Chairman at HBS Alumni Angels India. He also serves as Board Member at Explara. He serves as Member of The Board of Advisors at Ideaspring Capital.
Fernando Campos is a Co-Founder at ONEVC. Campos is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Lab22. He also serves as CEO at Nuuvem. With an entrepreneurial background that spans over 15 years, Fernando has hands-on experience in creating and managing startups. Currently, as an active angel investor in several web-based companies, he has successfully lead and raised several investment rounds for his startups. He is also a mentor at Brazilian accelerators such as Papaya and Polo Marte and has also participated as judge and panelist in several startup competitions, including some of the largest in Brazil: Intel Berkeley Challenge and Fiesp's Acelera Startup. He is a complete tech addict who will hack and fidle with every gadget he has and is a hardcore gamer who welcomes a challenge from his adversaries. He previously also served as Board Member at Listus. During his professional life, he has also held a number of positions in the banking and corporate markets, having gone through companies such as the Coca-Cola Company, BBM Bank, Michael Page and Investidor Profissional Fund dealing with investments, M&A e project analysis for these companies. Fernando has a business major from PUC-Rio and an MBA from IBMEC Business School. He has also attended UC Berkley's Venture Capital Executive Program.
Tucker Max serves as Chief Executive Officer at Book in a Box. Prior to this role, he co-founded Story Ark and also served as its Partner. Tucker Max received his BA from the University of Chicago in 1998, and his JD from Duke Law School in 2001. He even attended Duke Law School on an academic scholarship, where he neglected to buy any of his textbooks for his final two years and spent part of one semesterwhile still enrolled in classesliving in Cancun.His first book, I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell, is a #1 New York Times Best Seller, spent five years on the list, and has over 2 million copies in print. His second book, Assholes Finish First, and his third book, Hilarity Ensues, are also NY Times Best Sellers. He co-wrote and produced the movie based on his life/book, also titled I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell. He has also been credited with being the originator and leader of a new literary genre, fratire, is only the third writer (after Malcolm Gladwell and Michael Lewis) to ever have three books on the NY Times Nonfiction Best Seller List at one time, and was nominated to the Time Magazine 100 Most Influential List in 2009. He currently lives in Austin, Texas.
Mr. Bell is a Managing Director of Marc Bell Capital Partners and Marc Bell Ventures, an investment firm based in Boca Raton, Florida. In November 2009, Mr. Bell co-founded ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. (NYSE: ARR) and continues to serve on its Board of Directors. ARR manages over $16 billion in Agency assets. In October 2012 Mr. Bell co-founded Javelin Mortgage Investment Corp. (NYSE: JMI) in September, 2012. JMI is a hybrid mortgage REIT that manages approximately $1 billion of Agency and non-Agency assets. Mr. Bell continues to serve on its Board of Directors. Mr. Bell has significant experience in the technology sector as well. He was also the founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Globix Corporation in the1990’s. Globix at its peak was one of the world’s largest logical peers with a global network spanning more than 20,000 miles and over 1 million square feet of Internet Data Center space. In addition, Mr. Bell has founded numerous companies in his career and has been a seed investor in several start-up entities including iFilm, Vault.com, NetSat Express, EDGAR Online, Inc. , where he served as a member of the Board of Directors from 1998-2000, Earnings.com and SpamEx. He has also overseen several large scale real estate development projects in New York, London, Santa Clara and South Florida. As a producer of several successful Broadway musicals and plays (Jersey Boys, The Wedding Singer, August: Osage County, A Catered Affair, Rock of Ages) Mr. Bell has been a two-time winner of the American Theatre Wing's Tony Award (“2008 Best Play” for Pulitzer Prize winning August: Osage County and ''2006 Best Musical'' for Grammy Award winning Jersey Boys). Mr. Bell is also the Executive Producer and a Co-Producer of several full-length motion pictures, and he is an investor in multiple hospitality venues in NYC such as LAVO, Avenue, and Catch. Mr. Bell is a member of the Board of Trustees of New York University and New York University Langone Medical Center. He was also an adjunct professor at the Global Entrepreneurship Center of Florida International University, where he taught graduate courses in Entrepreneurship. Mr. has a Bachelor of Science from Babson College in Accounting and a Master of Science from New York University in Real Estate Development and Investment.
Philip Inghelbrecht is a Co-Founder of Shazam (mobile music recognition app with 150+ million users). He is also a Co-Founder and serves as Chief Executive Officer at Tatari. He serves as an advisor of Paraclete Capital. He recently joined Yahoo through their acquisition of Rockmelt, where he was Head of Business Development. Prior to Yahoo, he was President of TrueCar (IPO) and Head of Sports and Entertainment Partnerships at YouTube (Google). He is also an advisor and personal investor in multiple startups and is a self-admitted kiteboarding addict.
James Belfer founded Cartuna in 2015 to service a gap in the marketplace for a centralized adult animation destination for digital and mobile audiences. James Belfer began his career in media producing and investing into independent film in 2009. This resulted to 9 feature film credits under his company Dogfish Pictures. In 2012 he launched an accelerator program for content creators producing a variety of projects such as feature films, digital series, graphic novels, social media series, and more. In 2013 he received his MBA from NYU Stern in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Digital Marketing, and Business Analytics. He is also a former associate of TechStars Boulder.