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I'm currently a co-founder and partner at High Alpha - a Venture Studio that conceives, launches and scales enterprise technology companies. Prior to High Alpha, I founded Studio Science - a leading design + innovation consultancy that works with high-growth technology companies. I’m an active angel investor and co-founder of Gravity Ventures, a seed-stage venture fund that invests in tech-focused startups. I’ve co-founded a few startups, including; Octiv, Lessonly, Visible, and Pathagility. Along the way, I’ve had the privilege of advising a number of others. I sit on several start-up and non-profit boards, co-founded The Speak Easy & Indy Made, and serve as a mentor at The Iron Yard, RunUpLabs, and the ARK Challenge accelerators. I grew up in Arkansas and currently reside in Indianapolis, where I mix it up with my amazing bride and 6 kids. You can find out more at www.kristian.vc
Currently co-managing Peak Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm founded in 2014. I joined Peak to back remarkable entrepreneurs in early-stage Utah tech and to continue my career as a entrepreneur in creating something memorable. Now backing fellow founders and striving to match the level of support given me through years. In 2006, co-founded Zinch.com, a venture-backed online portal connecting students globally with opportunities in higher education. Later led Zinch’s growth into China, launching Zinch.cn, one of the first foreign online brands to reach scale in China. Zinch was acquired by Chegg Inc in 2011 and I led Chegg’s international efforts through initial public offering in 2013 (CHGG, NYSE). Drawn to tight-knit teams navigating the chaos that exists in new ventures. As a student-athlete: contributed as a walk-on guard on the 1998 WAC conference champion basketball team at the University of Utah while maintaining a perfect GPA and self-funding my education. As an student-entrepreneur: launched and successfully ran, alongside talented co-founders, my first two startups while completing an undergraduate degree at BYU. As an expat-entrepreneur: assembled and led a team in Beijing, China through acquisition and IPO amid 2 international moves that the craziness that comes with raising 4 kids! Twitter & Medium: @krommenhoek
Shawn Carpenter is the Founder and Chairman of the Board at Three Tree Ventures, an early-stage technology startup investment fund that backs exceptional entrepreneurs that are applying technology to market segments with high caps that have had a historically incorrect, ineffective and/or insufficient level of technology application. Additionally, Three Tree Ventures prefers to invest in startups as early as possible, has historically only invested in product companies, and prefers to invest in organizations with one or more U.S. military veteran founder(s). Shawn has also been an LP and Advisor to CrossCut Ventures (http://www.crosscut.vc/home) located in Los Angeles, CA, for over four years. Mr. Carpenter is a globally respected cyber security expert with a broad range of successful early-stage investments, including Compass, Privateer Holdings, Awake Security, GroupSense, White Ops, ThreatGRID (acquired by Cisco), RideScout (acquired by Daimler AG), InAuth (acquired by American Express) and Efflux Systems (acquired by NETSCOUT Systems). Mr. Carpenter is known for his acumen for advising early stage innovators. He has successfully helped Three Tree Ventures portfolio entrepreneurs and their companies raise capital for pre-Seed, Seed, and Series A investment rounds, navigate rough waters, acquire key talent and customers, and help develop short and long-term business strategies. He currently advises CrossCut Ventures, Trinity Cyber, TruSTAR Technology, Cybraics, AgentHero, GroupSense, uStadium and Netswitch Technology Management. He has held key positions at startups where he was an early employee — Principal Forensics Analyst at NetWitness, Chief Technical Analyst at iSIGHT, Chief Strategy Officer at Invotas, and Senior Vice President of Cyber at Cybraics. One of his passions is being the Technical Advisor for a non-profit 501(c)3 founded by his wife, Dr. Jennifer Jacobs, and a close friend, Jessica Stern — Connect Our Kids (http://www.connectourkids.org). The organization is applying modern technologies like artificial intelligence and data science to the United States foster care system to improve outcomes. His experience and successful entrepreneurial background (e.g. NetWitness, iSIGHT Partners, Invotas) are coupled with deep technical skills honed while pioneering cyber security protocols for the federal government and working at NetWitness and iSIGHT Partners over the past two decades. Shawn is also a veteran of the US Navy, and qualified as a nuclear operator and chemist during his six years of service in the US Navy's Nuclear Propulsion Program (NNPS Class 9203). Shawn also worked as a senior cyber security analyst for almost six years as a Member of the Technical Staff (MTS) at Sandia National Laboratories. He discovered one of the first documented penetrations of US Government networks. After joining NetWitness as one of the first employees, he helped architect, implement and stand up the Justice Security Operations Center (JSOC) — at the time the largest deployment of NetWitness gear for a federal client. Mr. Carpenter also worked as a senior analyst at the US Department of State's Cyber Threat Analysis Team (CTAD) from 2004-2007; he was a key member of the 2005 CTAD team that was awarded the prestigious Frank B. Rowlett Trophy For Organizational Achievement by the National Security Agency. Shawn has been tinkering with computers since he bought his first computer, a TRS-80 Model I, in late 1978 at the age of 10. He has been curious about almost everything since he was born, and enjoys playing slide guitar, banjo and trumpet, metal detecting with his kids, climbing tall trees, building forts high in tall trees, lucid dreaming, experimenting with brain/machine interfaces, building robotic banshees, and hacking all of the things. Mr. Carpenter has a particular affection for blues and jazz, and is an investor in a John Coltrane biography — ''Chasing Trane'' (https://www.coltranefilm.com). His investments span everything from being the first money in at Rumi Spice (https://www.rumispice.com), a sustainable saffron growing enterprise founded by three West Point graduates that served in Herat, Afghanistan, that three years later is the largest private employer of Afghan women in the world, with over 2000 women employees. In May 2017, Mark Cuban became an investor in the saffron startup. In September of 2018, Rumi Spice's saffron became available nationwide in all Whole Food Markets. Shawn is a native of Sioux Falls, SD, and credits his very patient wife -- Dr. Jennifer Jacobs, his Mother, his brother, Shane, South Dakota roots, and mentors and friends like Aaron Walters, Amit Yoran, Paul Garrett, Fraser Verrusio, Jeff Cesnik, Mischel Kwon, Kendall Millard, Gary Golomb, Paul Kurtz, Dave Haugen (his high school band director) and many, many others for his scrappiness, successes and ability to recover from failures.
I am passionate about starting and running businesses that use technology to create value. Some hats that I wear include. ANGEL INVESTOR: I invest in startups in multiple verticals. My portfolio companies include • SAAS based startups in Marketing technology space in North America • E-commerce, infotainment, edutech companies in Asia • Gaming studios. Mind and body wellness startups I am running an incubator and angel network that aims to help entrepreneurs in Asia to get off the ground and create their next big venture. Ping me, If you have a great idea, prototype or running product or if you are excited about learning investment opportunities in the red-hot startup space in South Asia and Middle east. FOUNDER & CEO: I have run several companies as founder and CEO, a quick glance include TKXEL: A software services company that provide solutions involving analytics, mobile, web and other components to companies across the globe. We have worked with several fortune 500 enterprises, respectable SMBs and promising startups. If you are searching for a great team or have a business proposition, we are keen to listen. I am as a CEO of tkxel, manage it on daily basis and responsible for its growth and strategic direction NUTTY APPS: Founded a kids gaming brand and grew it to 500M+ installs with over 1M installs/day in a couple of years before handing it over to an executive team to run it. STRATEGIC ALLIANCEZ (SA): Founded a digital media agency in 2010 that moved on to become the No1 digital agency in Pakistan with several awards to its credit. EDUCATOR, SPEAKER: I am an educator at heart. I love to mentor, teach, train and share knowledge. I speak at various conferences and give lectures on CS and Entrepreneurship in universities. Some of my taught courses are televised by universities on TV and web as well.
Erik Moore is the founder and Managing Partner of Base Ventures. Erik is a passionate angel investor, entrepreneur, creative thinker, and an unabashed optimist. After a rewarding fifteen-year career in investment banking, Erik secured an early retirement from Merrill Lynch in 2011 and at that point began pursuing his passion for entrepreneurship. He co-founded FlickLaunch.com, a new digital streaming platform on Facebook for featured-length movies. He created Rule LX, a successful special-purpose investment fund, offering a unique, discrete investment opportunity. Base Ventures takes the success of Rule LX and runs with it. Erik formed Base Ventures from a love for investing in trailblazing tech start-ups. During the past 12-years, Erik has invested in almost two dozen trailblazing start-ups. He's always believed in the powerful magic of human potential. Erik was a seed investor in Zappos.com which was sold to Amazon for $1.2b and Agencourt Biosciences which was sold to Beckman Coulter for $270mm. Erik is deeply involved in his community. He currently serves as a board member for the East Bay College Fund whose mission is to help resilient youth from Oakland, historically underrepresented in higher education, go to college and expand their life opportunities. He has served on the board of Morrisania West, an organization dedicated to at risk children in the Western Addition, SF. Erik was also a board member for Oakland's OK (Our Kids) program which facilitated a partnership between the police, schools, and the community to help prevent kids from entering the juvenile system. He co-founded an organization, Concentric Circles, that provides informal mentoring and teaches the principals of yoga to youth currently in the juvenile system and those recently released from juvenile hall. Finally, Erik is a former Trustee of Saint Mary's College High School in Berkeley, his alma mater, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude, taught French in the summer, and captained the football team for two years. Erik earned a B.A. from Dartmouth College, and dual graduate degrees -- an M.B.A. from the Wharton School and an M.A. in International Studies-French from the Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He speaks fluent French.
Marc-Henri Magdelenat is a father of three kids and a serial media entrepreneur. He was the founder of TimeToSignOff and ScreenTonic, a mobile advertising pioneer acquired by Microsoft in 2007.He was a former director of the Mobile Advertising Association in North America. After serving as a French Navy Officer and graduating from the Paris Business School, he was an executive at Le Figaro, Unilever, and Coca-Cola.