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.
Aydin Senkut is the Founder and Managing Director of Felicis Ventures. An original “super-angel” investor, he was named to Forbes’ Midas List in 2014, 2015 and 2016, and to NY Times' Top 20 VCs list in 2016. Aydin is well-known as an early backer of a number of iconic companies including Shopify (NYSE:SHOP), Fitbit (NYSE:FIT), Adyen, Clearslide, Credit Karma, and Rovio. More than 60 Felicis companies such as Brightroll, Climate Corp, Dropcam, Twitch, and Meraki, have been acquired by industry leaders such as Google, Amazon, Cisco, Apple, Microsoft, AT&T, Disney, Yahoo and Ebay. His recent focus areas include re-invention of core markets like intelligent SaaS and financial services as well as development of frontier technologies including AI/deep learning and robotics. Prior to starting Felicis Ventures, Aydin was a Senior Manager at Google, responsible for strategic partner development and account management in Asia Pacific (including Japan). Aydin joined Google in 1999 as its first Product Manager to launch Google’s first 10 international sites, its first online search licensing products and its first Safe Search. He then became the first International Sales Manager at Google, responsible for world-wide licensing deals. Before joining Google, Aydin was the Product Manager for Data Visualization and Data Mining software MineSet at SGI. Aydin received a BS in Business Administration with Honors from Boston University. He also earned an MBA in Marketing from the Wharton School and an MA in International Studies from the School of Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. He speaks five languages: English, German, French, Portuguese and Turkish. Aydin and his wife are Associate Founders of Singularity University, have backed bio-tech research at UCSF and sponsored a scholarship at the University of Pennsylvania.Aydin has also been featured on Businessweek, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, and Financial Times Germany.
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
Founder & Angel Investor Advisor: Uber, Expa Investor: Uber, Hyperloop, Lily Robotics, Postmates, Luxe, Poshmark, Blue Bottle Coffee Past: SoundTracking, imeem
Based in Silicon Valley. Invests in Enterprise Software, Advertising, Internet of Things, Marketplaces, Speech Recognition, Robotics, Hardware
Ryan is a seed stage technology investor & founder of Pathbreaker Ventures. Prior to starting Pathbreaker, Ryan was a deal lead on the corporate development team at Facebook where he spent time working with product and engineering teams to landscape technology ecosystems and execute acquisitions in pursuit of Facebook's mission. Acquisitions worked on include Oculus, PrivateCore, LiveRail, Teehan Lax, and NimbleVR. Areas of focus included virtual reality, security, artificial intelligence, video, and product design. Prior to Facebook, Ryan worked in both an investing and operating role at Azure Capital, an early stage venture capital firm with $750 million under management. In addition to series A & B investing, he worked within portfolio companies as VP of Business Development & Partnerships at Telly, the video discovery & content network, and at Convercent, the SAAS leader in employee governance, risk, and compliance. Ryan is the co-founder of H.E.R.O. for Children, the first non-profit focused on quality of life care for children affected by HIV/AIDS. Ryan built HERO to $1M in revenue and 2,000 volunteers. In 2018, HERO celebrates its 15th Anniversary where Ryan continues to serve on the Board. Ryan earned his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business where he focused on finance, entrepreneurship, and early stage tech investing. At Chicago, he and his team won the International Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) out of 56 MBA programs. Ryan speaks Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian and is learning robotics programming.
David Lam serves as General Partner at Atlantic Bridge Capital. He also serves on Board of Swrve. He currently serves on the boards of Movidius, FieldAware, Accuris, Novaerus and Swrve Mobile. David has spent over a decade in cross-border technology investing between China and Western markets. Prior to Atlantic Bridge, he was Managing Director at WestSummit Capital, a leading US-China cross-border technology investment firm, where his board involvement included Twitch (Acquired by Amazon), Maginatics (Acquired by EMC), Mirantis, 3D Robotics and Nexenta. Previously, David was Managing Director at WI Harper Group, a pioneering US-China technology venture capital firm, and led the firm's investments in Quixey and Innovation Works China. Before WI Harper, David was Vice President at The Carlyle Group where his investments included eScreen (Acquired by Alere), and prior to that, he headed business development for Panasas, a Carlyle portfolio company in the data storage industry. David's operating experience also includes marketing, business development and corporate development roles in leading enterprise technology companies ONI Systems, CIENA, Cisco and Proxim. David is a Board Member, past President and past Chairman of the Asia America MultiTechnology Association (AAMA), which is the oldest and largest pan-Asian, cross-border technology executive network in Silicon Valley. He also serves on the board of the Association of Asian American Investment Managers (AAAIM). David holds a BS and an MA from Stanford University, and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Lukasz Gadowski is a Co-Founder and serves as Advisor at Point Nine Capital. Gadowski is a Co-Founder and serves as Managing Director at Team Europe Management. He serves as Entrepreneur in Residence at Target Global. Lukasz is an internet entrepreneur and investor. His track record includes: Co-founder at Delivery Hero; Co-founder and CEO at Spreadshirt; Co-founder and Advisor at Point Nine Capital (early stage VC). Founding Investor and/or Company Builder at studiVZ, Mister Spex, brands4friends.com, SponsorPay, HitFox Group, Kauferportal, and others. Lukasz serves or served as Chairman at most of the aforementioned companies. Further, he is Co-founder and was founding editor at gruenderszene.de, today one of Europe's largest entrepreneurship magazines. Besides holding board positions, Lukasz is an active investor. As to investment focus, beyond consumer internet and market places Lukasz is currently interested in aeronautics (all things which physically fly as well as related technologies) and eying more tech fields for the future, like the field of robotics and reinforcement learning.
Serial entrepreneur. Microsoft Alumni. Partner at Medra Capital. Interested in Social, Sustainability, Renewable Energy, Distributed Manufacturing and Robotics.
David Litwak is a Co-Founder and serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Board Member at Mozio. David holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from UC Berkeley. He has worked for Criteo, Northrop Grumman and Skype in the past and has founded FIRST and RoboCup robotics tea He has a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley in 2010.
Dave is a general partner at GV (formerly Google Ventures) who leads the team's investments in data, platforms, and infrastructure. His investments include Slack, Segment, GitLab, Jet.com (sold to WMT), CoreOS (sold to RedHat), Lattice.io (sold to Apple), SambaNova Systems, and several others. Dave' s background prior to investing was in building and leading enterprise software sales and operations teams for highly-technical products, under pressure in rapidly-changing markets. As a senior executive at Kiva Systems, he helped grow the enterprise-enabling robotics and software platform to $120 million in annual revenue before it was purchased by Amazon. Dave’s career prior to Kiva included management consulting for The Boston Consulting Group and leading teams as a Captain in the U.S. military’s most elite units. His military leadership roles ranged from running a high-tech organization in Europe; to serving as an Aide de Camp to the Four Star General responsible for U.S. forces in Europe, Africa, and Afghanistan; to deploying with elite special operations teams worldwide, ensuring they were enabled by the world’s most advanced technologies. Dave is a combat veteran and former paratrooper who holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS from Emory University in math and computer science.
Mohr Davidow Ventures
Abhas Gupta focuses on automation and analytics opportunities across all verticals, particularly those in financial services, retail & logistics, and digital health. His other interests include robotics, enterprise workflow automation, and digital marketing. A previous entrepreneur with a background in computer science and strategy consulting, Abhas engages with portfolio company executives on all topics ranging from technology infrastructure to corporate strategy. Abhas works closely with Wildcat portfolio companies Clover Health and Earnest, as well as Mohr Davidow companies BuildDirect, Neon, and WorkFusion. He frequently lectures on entrepreneurship and technology trends; Abhas recently taught the Lean Launchpad course at UCSF with Steve Blank.
Fortune Venture Capital is a venture capital firm that focuses to invest in the TMT media, consumer products and services, modern agriculture, clean-tech. manufacturing, robotics, military and healthcare sectors. The firm prefers to invest for 3 to 5 years through seed stage, early stage, growth stage and per-IPO financing.
Grant Allen is Managing Director and Head of Ventures at ABB Technology Ventures (ATV) and is based out of ABB’s Silicon Valley headquarters. Grant leads ABB’s direct investment activities globally and has personally led investments in Industrial Defender (acq. by Lockheed Martin for $165M), Validus (acq. by ABB), Persimmon Technologies (acq. by Sumitomo), Element Analytics, Kespry, Enbala, Atom Power, TaKaDu, Grabit and an unannounced AI company. Areas of interest include industrial robotics, AI, vision/sensing, advanced manufacturing, IoT and cybersecurity. Before joining ABB, Grant was with Core Capital Partners, a $400M venture fund focused on enterprise software; Microsoft in their Mobile & Embedded Devices division; Jingle Networks (acq. for $63M); and several start-ups. He is also an active angel investor (25+ investments including AltSpace VR, Avizia, Earnest, EquityZen, LivingSocial, NextForce, Skillshare, Verbling, Visually and Uber) and a founding member of NextGen Venture Partners. He holds degrees from Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering and The Wharton School.