Based in New York City. Invests in Consumers, ECommerce, Mobile, Sports, Social Media, Games, Location Based Services, Information Technology, Media, Enterprises, Finance, Loyalty Programs, Real Estate, Design, Business Intelligence, Bridging Online and Offline, Recruiting, Fashion, Information Services, Storage, Business Services, Small and Medium Businesses, Platforms, Retail, Education, B2B, Entertainment, Healthcare, Reviews and Recommendations, Travel, Fitness, Prediction Markets, Events, Automotive, Virtual Workforces, Investment Management, College Campuses, Technology, Art, Health and Wellness, Consumer Internet, SaaS, Sales and Marketing, Security, Online Travel, Internet Infrastructure, Marketplaces, Social Travel, PeertoPeer, Big Data, Social Commerce
Founder of TechU Angels, MIT alum and former winner of @massachusetts-institute-of-technology $100K Competition.
Cotter Cunningham is the Founder and serves as Chief Executive Officer at RetailMeNot. Cotter founded the company in 2009 and raised over $300 million from private investors before leading the company to an IPO in July 2013 (NASDAQ: SALE). Prior to RetailMeNot, Cotter was the senior vice president and COO of Bankrate Inc. (NYSE: RATE) for seven years, taking the company public in 1999. He also previously served as CEO-in-Residence at Austin Ventures, Vice President and General Manager of VML, Vice President of Block Financial Corporation and Assistant Vice President of H&R Block. He wrote the book "Your Financial Action Plan: 12 Simple Steps to Achieve Money Success." Cotter has an MBA from Vanderbilt University and lives in Austin, TX.
Christian Faes is a Co-Founder and serves as the Chief Executive Officer & Board Member at LendInvest. He also is an Angel Investor. He started his career as a real estate lawyer in Australia with Allens Arthur Robinson. He was subsequently a partner at a boutique law firm and founded a mezzanine mortgage finance business. He has also practiced as a securitisation lawyer at Clifford Chance and in-house legal counsel at Deutsche Bank, both in London. In 2008, Christian co-founded Montello, the leading UK bridging finance lender, before spinning it out to create LendInvest in 2013. Christian is a keen advocate for the fintech sector, as well as an active supporter and early investor in several startups, including Seedrs, Crowdcube, Plentific and Onfido. He holds a LLB (Bachelor of Laws) Honors in Law from Bond University.
Javelin Venture Partners
Computer operator at @github. Part time pro mountain biker. Turnt on fresh, crisp water.
Entrepreneur / Angel. Partner, Chaotic Moon (Acq by ACN). CEO, Team Chaos. Founder, Challenge Games (Acq by @zynga), Co-Founder, Pluck (Acq by @demand-media)
David Arcara is a Co-Founder and serves as Managing Director at Laconia Capital Group. He serves as a Board Member at Ocrolus. He served as a Member at New York Angels. He is the co-managing member of the General Partner and the Management Company. Arcara has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and general manager of young high-growth and turnaround media and marketing businesses, both digital and traditional. Arcara has raised, either as lead entrepreneur or as part of the founding team, nearly $100 million dollars of angel and venture funding. In 2010, Arcara founded Rubber Soul Ventures to contribute his personal capital and operational expertise to emerging digital technology companies and entrepreneurs. Rubber Soul Ventures currently has a portfolio of over a dozen early stage ventures based primarily in the Northeast corridor including LeagueApps, LocalVox, Page Science and Wymsee. Arcara was also the co-founder of TalkSix, a consumer facing interactive streaming video start-up with a significant B-to-B component. Arcara has also served as General Manager of Imaginova Corporation's digital publishing division, including the flagship property Space.com, founded by CNN's Lou Dobbs and former astronaut Neil Armstrong. Earlier in Arcara's career, he co-founded Alliance Custom Communications, to create custom content for marketers seeking to enhance their brands' customer engagement. Arcara was ultimately approached by Random House Publishing to re-launch and lead the business as Random House Custom Media. Arcara was also a co-founder of UGO Networks, which ultimately consisted of over 500 independent affiliate web publishers reaching over 15 million users a month and became one of the nation's largest 18 to 34 male-targeted online entertainment content networks. The UGO founding team was among those pioneering the concept of an online ad-supported publishing network. Arcara served as UGO's Executive Vice President and led multiple operating functions including affiliate network development, sales, and marketing. UGO was purchased by Hearst Corporation in 2006 for approximately $100 million. In 1992, Arcara formed DJA Media, Inc., which focused on turning around underperforming radio stations by improving product and sales. In 1996, DJA Media formed Radio Enterprise, Inc., a joint venture with Clear Channel Communications, through which Clear Channel provided financing to allow Radio Enterprise to expand to a total of four stations under Arcara's leadership. Radio Enterprise was sold to Clear Channel in 1998 after more than doubling its asset value at the peak of government-deregulated consolidation. Arcara is a member of New York Angels, one of the country's leading angel investor organizations, as well as Harvard Business School Angels. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he earned a BA in Philosophy, and holds his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Paul Silber serves as Co-Founding Principal at Blu Venture Investors. Silber also serves as Advisor at Evergreen Advisors and Insightin Health. Silber serves as Advisor at Evergreen Advisors and also serves as Board Member at Encore Path. He a native of Baltimore was the founder and President/CEO of In Vitro Technologies, (IVT), a bioscience company that provides products and services to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. After relocating to Baltimore in 1991, In Vitro grew from two employees to a staff of 70, including several employees in Europe. The company also expanded its international business to Japan, the U.K., and Germany, while bringing the products of international companies to their North American customers through strategic alliances and distribution relationships.
Frank Willemsen serves as Board Member & President at Sand Hill Angels. He has over 20 years of experience in the high technology industry, in Sales and Business Development, executive leadership positions. Previously, Frank worked in various positions at Cisco in Europe, the US and Asia. Prior to Cisco he worked for KPN, EDS and Sprint International. Frank graduated in Business and Commercial Economics from the HEAO Business School in Enschede, the Netherlands. At EDS, Frank also completed and graduated from the System Engineering (SED) and Telecoms Professional (TPD) Progra At Cisco, Frank completed and graduated from the DIP program (Mini MBA program in corporation with British Telecom).
Manish Singhal serves as Co-Founding Partner at Pi Ventures. He was a Board Member at Witworks. He served as an Executive at P39 Capital. He is also the Co-Founder and CEO at IndiePitch Solutions. He is an entrepreneur and an angel investor with deep technology background. He brings in over 23+ years of operating and advisory experience across different sectors. Previously, he Co-Founded LetsVenture.com and led it to become the leading marketplace for startups and early stage investors in India within a very short span of time. Recently he was rated as one of the top angel investors in India by VC Circle. After doing his engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1992, he has been instrumental in building several products and teams in different startups and established organizations like Sling Media, Ittiam Systems and Motorola. He was a contributor to MPEG-4 standard and has video technology patents to his name. With his technology background and wide exposure to startups, he helps startups in getting to product-market fit in a lean way and get them investment ready.
Rich Menendez is the Founder and serves as Chief Executive Officer and Board Member at Workshop Cafe. He is an Angel Investor. Originally an Electrical Engineer, then Stanford MBA, Rich loves innovation and startups, having founded, grown, or angel invested in several. He also serves as a Board Member at Holmes Bakehouse.
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.
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.