James Currier is an Entrepreneur and Investor in Silicon Valley. He was an early proponent of social media and growth systems, and founded Tickle in 1999. Tickle grew to 80 employees, nearly 200 million registered users, and $38 million in revenue before selling to Monster in 2004. In 2007, with Stan Chudnovsky, James founded Ooga Labs to incubate digital businesses. In 2008, Ooga spun out WonderHill, a casual games company, which was funded by CRV and Shasta. WonderHill's biggest game was Dragons of Atlantis. Wonderhill grew to $60M in revenue and merged with Kabam in 2010. In 2011, Ooga spun out Jiff, a secure network and marketplace for connecting the mobile health ecosystem to the heath care industry. Jiff was funded by Aberdare Ventures, Venrock, Rosemark Smart Capital, GE, J&J, and Towers Watson. The company eventually merged with Castlight (NASDAQ: CSLT) in 2017. In 2012, Ooga spun out IronPearl, a growth analytics SaaS tool which was acquired by PayPal the following year. In 2015, James co-founded NFX Guild with Stan Chudnovsky and Gigi Levy-Weiss. NFX is a seed stage venture capital firm at www.nfx.com.
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.
Act One Ventures LP
Alex Guerrero is a Principal at Act One Ventures, a community focused, early-stage micro-vc fund based in Los Angeles. Previously, Alex was the co-founder & CEO of Uniq Apps, Inc., a SaaS platform for encrypted work messaging. Prior to Uniq, he was the co-founder of Live Entertainment Network, an HTML5 interactive video player platform that helped artists monetize live shows on a “premium-content-only” destination. He has over 10 years of experience in strategy, business, product development, digital media, start-ups and music.
Nenad Marovac has more than 25 years of venture capital and private equity investment experience in the technology and media sectors. Nenad is the Founder and Managing Partner of DN Capital. Prior to DN Capital, Nenad was a Partner at Advent International in London, where he focused on TMT investments. Nenad focuses on investments in marketplaces, software as a service (SAAS), fintech, consumer mobile applications and digital health companies. Amongst his select investments are Shazam Entertainment (sold to Apple), Auto1 (largest online marketplace for used cars), Apsmart (acquired by Thomson Reuters), Datanomic (acquired by Oracle), Endeca, (acquired by Oracle), Eve Sleep (IPO London), Happn, Hometogo, Hostmaker, Joblift, Mister Spex, Performance Horizon Group, Purplebricks (IPO London), Tbricks (acquired by Orc) and Quandoo (acquired by Recruit Holding). Nenad is also the Chair of Invest Europe and an active member of YPO in London and Berlin. Nenad received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School
Andy is a Partner with Uncork Capital (formerly known as SoftTech VC), one of Silicon Valley's most active seed stage venture capital firms where he primarily invests in SaaS, vertical industry solutions, and developer tools. Prior to joining SoftTech, Andy was co-founder of London-headquartered Huddle, an enterprise SaaS collaboration platform that was acquired in 2017. Andy’s angel investment portfolio includes innovative B2B products like Pipedrive, Intercom, Apiary (acquired by Oracle), Buffer and Bugsnag, as well as consumer services including Postmates, Secret Escapes, HER, and Calm. Andy co-founded and is the US Trustee for the Founders Pledge, a charity that promotes altruism in early stage entrepreneurs by enabling them to donate a percentage of personal proceeds following an exit. He was awarded an OBE in the 2015 Queen’s birthday honors list for services to the UK technology industry.
Version One Ventures
Boris Wertz is the founder of version one ventures, an early-stage fund that has made over 35 investments in consumer internet, SaaS and mobile companies across North-America. Previously, Boris was the Chief Operating Officer of AbeBooks.com, the world's largest marketplace for new, used and rare and out-of print books which got sold to Amazon in 2008. Boris joined the company in 2002 after JustBooks, the German company he co-founded in 1999, was acquired by AbeBooks. Boris successfully finished his PhD as well as his graduate studies at the Otto Beisheim School of Management (WHU), Koblenz, majoring in Business Economics / Business Management. Current investments include Chloe & Isabel, Edmodo, Flurry, GoInstant (sold to Salesforce), Indiegogo, Indochino, Julep, Sparkbuy (sold to Google), Suite101, Top Hat Monocle, Wattpad and Yapta.
Miles is an Investor in early-stage startups. He has invested in and advised dozens of companies at the earliest stages including Altschool, Honor, Remix, Vivaa Health, TrustToken and Thunder. As a Venture Partner at F-Prime Capital, he focuses on enterprise tech and fintech businesses. Additionally, he has helped seed nonprofits such as Issue One, One Acre, MakeHaven and Imagine Worldwide. Miles is an Entrepreneur - Starting his career as an entrepreneur while still a college student, he co-founded Higher One in his living room. As senior exec and later board chair, he led the company from idea to $200mil+ revenue, ~1000 employees and IPO including making multiple acquisitions. He was proud to campaign internal culture and values including open communication and client service. Higher One also ranked highly on the national Great Place to Work list twice as well as Inc 500 and multiple other fast growth lists. Miles was an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year regional winner and national finalist. Miles went on to start two other venture-backed startups: SeeClickFix (SaaS for government) where he serves on the board and OneUni (higher education education via smartphone).
Peter is a Managing Partner at Transmedia Capital, an early stage venture fund focused on: digital media, marketing automation, online marketplaces, mobile and SaaS companies. Peter founded three technology companies and has been in the early stage venture business for more than 18 years. He has completed more than 85 investments including top search engines Baidu (China) and Yandex (Russia), C2B (Inktomi), and more recently: Percolate, Domo, and Wish. Peter was a co-founder of Kicklabs, a San Francisco based seed stage accelerator. In 1998, he was a Managing Partner at Whittman-Hart (WHIT), a $1 billion global IT solutions provider. Prior, he was a founder and CEO of Axis Consulting, a leading systems integrator specializing in Internet and ERP solutions, which was acquired by Whittman-Hart in 1997 in a deal valued at $60M. He holds a BS degree in Mathematics from the Western Australian Institute of Technology. When he is not focused on his technology investments, Peter is most passionate about his family, wine, food, skiing, and fly-fishing.
Numan Numan serves as Managing Director at 212 Limited. Numan currently serves on the boards of HemenKiralik.com, largest marketplace for short term rentals and vacation homes in Turkey, HotelRunner, SaaS based management and marketing platform for hotels, and IyziCo, fastest growing payment platform. Prior to founding 212, Numan worked at Goldman Sachs in Tokyo and New York for more than 12 years. As a technology evangelist in the firm's leadership team, he managed global engineering teams and focused on new technologies to bring competitive advantage to the firm. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Numan worked at Credit Suisse in Tokyo. After more than two decades in technology at investment banks, working closely with private equity and venture capital sectors, he followed his entrepreneurial instinct and ventured into other businesses. Numan holds B.Sc. in Computer Sciences from Ege University. He currently lives in Istanbul, Turkey where he is among pioneers cultivating the ecosystem.
Christian Ehrenthal currently serves as Managing Director of Blackbird Ventures, where he incubates and invests in early-stage technology companies with a particular focus on infrastructure software and SaaS. Ehrenthal is serial entrepreneur with a strong history of software operations and strategy as well as mergers and acquisitions. Most recently co-founded and was CEO of security software vendor Cygna Labs, which he led through a successful acquisition in the end of 2018. Prior to that he was the founder and CEO of the Blackbird Group, an award-winning provider of compliance management software. Under his leadership, Blackbird Group became one of the fastest growing vendors in its category, achieving consistent high growth and profitability while amassing over 20 million seats under management before concluding its successful sale to BeyondTrust.
Daniel Hoepfner is founder and managing director of b10, a Berlin based early-stage investor focused on B2B companies with the potential to be ''Category Killer.'' b10 invests and acts as an operational investor alongside the founders, and offers active support with a team of specialists. Prior to that, Daniel was founder and CEO of PressMatrix – the market leader in digital publishing. Previously, he worked for OC&C Strategy Consultants in Dubai. He has also been a senior executive at several VC-backed companies in the UK and Silicon Valley. Daniel holds several patents for SaaS computing and lives with his family in Berlin.
Conor Stanley is a web entrepreneur and technology investor. He is co-founder of Tribal.vc, a new early stage venture fund, and co-location hub in Dublin. Founded by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, Tribal is bridging Ireland and US tech communities & risk capital, partnering with top tier US VC's, advisors and innovators. Conor is an established investor with notable Irish & US tech startups including Intercom (CRM); Boxever (Big Data); PropelAd (AdTech); PageFair (AdTech); Cityhook (Travel); Phorest (SaaS); Visible Thread (SaaS); Balcony TV (Content) and LikeCharity (Payments). He was the lead investor and a board member of Jolt Online Gaming, which was a pioneering social games publisher in Europe and was acquired by GameStop corporation in 2009. In 2000, Conor co-founded and was CEO of Clearscape, a leading digital agency based in Dublin. The company was later acquired in 2008.
Columbia Ventures is a private equity firm which also specializes in the venture capital investments. The firm invests in the biomedical, augmented reality, telecommunications, SaaS, manufacturing and real estate development sectors. It was founded in 1989 and is based in Vancouver, Washington.
Pete has more than 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, investor, and innovator in the enterprise and consumer software space. He is co-founder and Chief Product Officer at Crosschq. Known for his astute ability to translate long-term vision into software products, Pete manages the Crosshcq team reinventing talent acquisition by harnessing the power of people to help companies better source, match and retain the best talent. Pete’s history leading successful technology ventures includes Table8, a VIP restaurant reservation service he co-founded, as well as DigitalThink, a leading e-learning company and SaaS pioneer, where Pete was co-founder and CEO. He led DigitalThink to a Nasdaq IPO in 2001 before its acquisition in 2004. Pete serves General Partner at Worldview Technology Partners, a venture capital firm. He is also an active Angel investor in early-stage IT and biotech startups. His investments include Stemcentrx (acquired by Abbvie), Ooma (NYSE OOMA), GetActive (acquired by BlackBaud), and PostPath (acquired by Cisco). He received a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
Texas Atlantic Capital is a venture capital firm which specializes in seed, early stage, later stage and growth investments. The firm invests in the e-commerce, internet, SAAS, cloud, big data, digital media and software sectors. It was founded in 2010 and is based in Houston, Texas.
Chris is the Founder & CEO of SignalFire, an early stage venture capital fund. He focuses on investments in consumer Internet, software and mobile with particular emphasis on seed stage investments and working with Entrepreneurs-In-Residence to launch new businesses. Previously, Chris was a Partner with General Catalyst Partners where he led the firm's successful seed investment activities and served as a Venture Partner on the firm's main fund. Previously, Chris was a Vice President with Bessemer Venture Partners where he led investments in digital media & mobile companies. Prior to BVP, he was a consultant with Bain & Co where he advised on large scale technology buyouts. Prior to Bain, Chris spearheaded the successful turnaround of Skybitz, a wireless enabled SaaS company, where he led Product Management, Finance & Business Development. Earlier in his career, Chris founded an investment advisory firm for angel investors & private equity funds and served as a Venture Advisor to an early stage venture capital fund where he led investments in SkyBitz and Applied Semantics (acquired by Google). He started his career on Wall Street in the private equity group of Cowen & Company. Chris received a BA in International Relations & Business from Tufts University & the Fletcher School of Diplomacy. He has been published in Harvard Business Review, Institutional Investor, The Journal of Private Equity and other leading publications.
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.
http://SaaStr.com @SaaStrAnnual $90m @SaaStrFund. CoFounder/CEO EchoSign (@AdobeDocCloud). VP Web Svc @Adobe. Also built implantable nanobatteries that saved lives
Tim Guleri serves as Managing Director at Sierra Ventures. He serves as the Board Member at Appcues. He is also an angel investor. He serves as the Board Member at Applitools. He also serves as a Board Member at DotNetNuke, Appcelerator and MakeMyTrip. He joined the firm in 2001 and focuses on investments in the consumer (mobile Internet), enterprise software (SaaS), infrastructure software (security, deployment, management), and open source. Guleri has several years of hands on operating and investing experience, but also on a solid technical education. Prior to joining the firm, he built two software infrastructure companies. Guleri served as the Vice Chairman and the Executive Vice President of Business Development at Epiphany. He co-founded Octane Software and served as the Chief Executive Officer and the Chairman from 1997 to 2000. Guleri served as a Vice President of Technical Field Operations and Product Marketing at Scopus Technology from 1992 to 1997, heading the Sales and Marketing functions, and was a leader in the CRM space. He began his career as an Executive in Information Technology at LSI Logic between 1989 and 1992. Guleri has presented at numerous industry conferences such as ABA, ETRA, DCI, and eCommerce World. He also serves on Board of PhenomPeople. He holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Punjab Engineering College and MS degree in Industrial Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).
Norwest Venture Partners
Sergio brings to NVP extensive operational and venture capital experience from a wide range of business and consumer technology companies. Sergio is focused on early and growth investments in ecommerce, consumerized SaaS, consumer finance, and educational technologies. His current investments and board seats include Adaptive Planning, Bionic Panda Games, Branchout, Gemvara, Motif Investing, and Rafter. Sergio was previously on the board of The DealMap (acquired by Google), myYearbook (acquired by Quepasa), and StarCite (acquired by The Active Network). He is a board observer at InsightsOne and Lending Club. Sergio started his career at Morgan Stanley, where he advised several companies on mergers and acquisitions. Sergio was also a marketing and business development manager at Portal Software (now part of Oracle) which had a successful Initial Public Offering in 1999, during his tenure. Sergio was also the co-founder and first business development executive at Cymerc, which was a hosted SaaS solution for consumers and small-sized businesses. Sergio successfully raised two rounds of venture financing and grew Cymerc from inception to more than $15 million in sales. From 2001 to 2005, Sergio was Director of the Mobile Electronics Categories at eBay, which he grew from $150 million to more than $500 in gross merchandise sales. Prior to NVP, Sergio was Vice President of Marketing at Photobucket, which was successfully sold to News Corp. for $300 million in 2007. Sergio was born and raised in Latin America and has worked in Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico. Sergio holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor of science degree in management sciences and engineering (industrial engineering) from Stanford University.
Skilled entrepreneur of 20 years with experience from start-up to growth level with a focus on Travel e-commerce & B2B Traveltech. Co-founder of Holiday Velvet, a worldwide vacation rental booking site & Rentals United, an innovative SaaS vacation rental software leader. Currently CEO of Rentals United with a keen focus in making the complex more simple through the use of technology. I've been around the block and back again. Early entry to the vacation rentals sector, I've seen some incredible changes over the last 15 years and Rentals United has definitely contributed to how the market is shaped today. Im looking forward to another 15 years!
Version One Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm that invests in the consumer internet, SaaS and mobile sectors throughout North America. The firm was founded in 2012 and is based in Vancouver, British Columbia.