Rodrigo is a digital native venture capitalist, formerly a strategy consultant, serial entrepreneur, and business angel. After earning his Computer Science Engineering degree at EPITA in Paris, France, he started his career working with industrial, banking, retail and media clients for two large consultancies (KPMG Consulting, Gemini Consulting) co-creating the Internet security, Internet strategy and online marketplaces practices. In the following 10 years, Rodrigo also led a number of digital strategy assignments as a free-lance consultant for public multi-billion revenue companies working closely with both the executive committees and CEOs, with clients such as AOL Europe, Capgemini and Darty. After getting two MBAs (from the Sorbonne University, and later at INSEAD and The Wharton School), he co-founded in 2002 and later ran Glowria, a video-rental and VOD service, that quickly became #1 in France and #2 in Germany. In 2005, he also co-founded and ran vpod.tv, an award-winning multimedia content management software aimed at Fortune 500, with operations in France and Spain. Both had significant venture-capital financing and were acquired. In 2009, he became an active business angel and startup mentor with a strong focus on consumers investing in companies such as Amiando, Trigami, GetAround, RecargaPay, ManifestCommerce, Tribe, Holberton School, Attach.io, etc. He is a frequent speaker at events worldwide, a regular jury member at startup competitions and occasional lecturer in top graduate schools. Rodrigo has also participated in over 300 podcasts in the past 10 years (“French Connection” at LCI Radio, “On Refait Le Mac”), always commenting on the business side of technology. In his spare time, Rodrigo is an avid traveler, B&W photographer, genealogist, wine enthusiast and enjoys opera, fine dining, biking and snowboarding. Rodrigo is a Chilean national, fluent in French, English and Spanish, and has working knowledge of German, Italian and Thai.
DBL Partners was formed in 2015 from the combination of DBL Investors and the Cleantech practice of Technology Partners. The firm uses venture capital to accelerate innovation in a way that affects an organization's social impact, as well as its financial success. It is headquartered in San Francisco, California and seeks to invest in the clean tech, information technology, sustainable products and services, and healthcare sectors.
Darling Ventures is run by Daniel Darling. A relaxed young guy with 8+ years of product and market strategy experience in the US, Australia and Japan. Daniel started his career in digital advertising and moved progressively into mobile product development before launching Darling Ventures in 2013. He has founded companies, grown startups to acquisition and led product innovation at public technology corporations. He is a specialist in business strategy and bringing products to market for mobile technology companies. Daniel has a degree in Economics and Social Sciences form The University of Sydney as well as executive education from Stanford GSB, Berkeley HAAS and Harvard Business School. He doesn’t wear khaki VC pants.
Founded in 2012, Capnamic Ventures is a Berlin and Cologne based venture capital firm which invests in the seed, series A and later stages. The firm primarily invests in technology sectors such as mobile, e-commerce, gaming, payment, advertising or software-as-a-service.
Brendan is a Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Fifth Wall, the largest & most active venture capital fund investing in Built World technology (real estate, hospitality/travel, construction, infrastructure & Smart City technology). Brendan was previously Co-founder & CEO of Identified, a data & analytics company focused on workforce optimization that raised $35M of venture capital and was acquired by Workday (WDAY) in 2014. Brendan was also involved in the founding of Cabify and was its first investor alongside Adeyemi Ajao. Brendan has personally invested in over 75 companies, including early investments in DollarShaveClub, SpaceX, Coinbase, Bonobos, Zenefits, Cabify, Philz Coffee, OpenDoor, Clutter and many more.Brendan began his career at Goldman Sachs in investment banking and The Blackstone Group in real estate private equity. Brendan received an MBA from Stanford University & graduated Summa Cum Laude from Princeton University. Brendan was born in New York City, Brendan is 33 years old and an avid skier, kiteboarder, triathlete & mountaineer. Brendan is a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Cross Culture Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm that invests in entrepreneurs creating next generation technology and consumer products. It was founded in 2015 and is based in Culver City, California.
Brian is a private investor and serial entrepreneur focused on the software, internet/digital media and mobile sectors. Brian co-founded and/or invested in 22 private companies. Of that group, 9 exited, 10 are independent and 3 were shut down. Some of his private investments include AdMovate (sold to Yahoo!), IMsecure (sold to Checkpoint), Pixoart Design (sold to 51.com), Ultris (sold to Saba), Fotolog (sold to Hi-Media), Qpod (sold to Groupon) and other companies which are independent (Relevad, Wheelhouse, Mixbook, Meltwater, iDentalSoft, Cleanshelf, Pinkoi, Chairish, Markable, CFOPlans). He is also an LP in Infinity Venture Partners, a Japan-China mobile Internet fund. Brian spends his philanthropic time mentoring early stage technology entrepreneurs in Ghana, Africa. He currently serves on the Board of the Meltwater Foundation which runs MEST (Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology). Earlier in his career, Brian served as Head of Corporate Development at Macromedia where he managed strategy, investments and acquisitions and facilitated the sale of the company to Adobe for $3.9 billion. He also was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley & Co. and Robertson Stephens where he closed more than 40 mergers, acquisitions and financings. Specialties: Entrepreneurship, early stage investments, M&A, corporate development and strategy. Software, internet/digital media and mobile.
Eric Wiesen is a General Partner at Bullpen Capital. Eric joined Bullpen in 2015 from RRE Ventures, where he was a General Partner. Current areas of focus include financial services and technology, consumer products and manufacturing, real estate/proptech and travel. Much of his investing philosophy and approach is informed by his experiences as a two-time founder, first in the 3D Graphics hardware space and later in the enterprise software/ERP sector. Eric is also an attorney, and practiced in the corporate group at Fenwick & West in Silicon Valley. As an undergraduate, he was an intern in the only very famous White House internship class. Eric holds a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley, a J.D. from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Columbia.
SeedPlus is a Singapore-based seed-stage venture firm. The firm invests in early stage companies in software-as-a-service, financial technology, artificial intelligence and cyber security sectors based in Singapore.
David Tisch is the Managing Partner of BoxGroup, a New York City-based early stage investment fund. BoxGroup is an investor in over 200 seed-stage companies, including Vine, Blue Apron, Sunrise, Warby Parker, Harry’s, Oscar, Behance, Handy and more. David is also the co-founder and Chairman of Spring, a mobile marketplace where customers shop directly within the app from a curated community of brands. Spring was named by Apple as one of the Best Apps of 2014. In 2014, David was named Head of Startup Studio at Cornell Tech, the University’s New York City-based graduate campus focused on digital technologies and the information economy. He is also Entrepreneur in Residence for Wharton’s Entrepreneurship Program. David is the co-founder of TechStars NYC and has served on numerous boards, including Mayor Bloomberg’s Advisory Council on Technology, the Investor Board of Venture for America, and the Entrepreneurship board at NYU. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and New York University School of Law, and currently lives in New York City
Pietro Dova was Corporate Controller and Finance Director at Google from 2001 to 2007. He was partly responsible for the Google IPO and roadshow, and directed Google’s operational and transactional accounting responsibilities worldwide. Immediately prior to joining Google, Pietro was CFO of Employeeservice.com. From 1996 to 1999, Pietro was VP Finance of Quote.com, an early online pioneer providing financial news and stock information to active investors. Pietro began his career in technology in 1988 at Oracle Corporation and held various executive finance positions through 1992. From 1993 to 1996, Pietro headed Fulcrum Technologies’ European finance operations based in Paris, France. Pietro received his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Imperial College, London and his Masters in Management from M.I.T.’s Sloan School of Management.
Robin Hood Ventures is a group of angel investors focused on early-stage and high-growth companies in the Greater Philadelphia region. The company generally invests $250,000 to $1,000,000. It invests in the IT services and software, life sciences and financial technology sectors.
Abhishek is passionate about working with mission-driven founders who are aiming to build transformational companies in technology and healthcare. He works closely with Nexus partner companies: Apollo, Clover, Cricket Health, Imagen, HeadOut, Mezi, Parsley Health, and TileDB among others. Abhishek has been an entrepreneur and business builder prior to joining Nexus. He co-founded HelloIntern.com, a marketplace for internship search. Most recently, he worked with eBay on partnerships with marketing technology startups. Previously, Abhishek worked with Booz & Co where he served wide-ranging companies in the US, India, and Middle-East. He also had short stints with Institut für Mikrosystemtechnik (IMTEK), Bain Capital, and CNBC. Abhishek holds M.Tech and B.Tech degrees in Engineering from IIT Bombay. He received his MBA from Harvard Business School. While at HBS, he served as the President of Harvard India Student Group (HISG) and co-chair of Harvard India Conference and led venture capital activities at VCPE club. He is currently on the board of IIT Bombay Heritage Foundation.
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.
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.
CEO of environmentally-beneficial startups with a track record for building strong teams; rallying them around a shared mission; shaping positive company culture; shepherding products to market; achieving/maintaining dominant market share; establishing financial and operational rigor; reaching sustained profitability; and delivering great returns for investors, employees, communities and the planet. Over a three year period, led PV installation platform provider ZEP SOLAR through rapid growth (from 15 to 80 employees, from zero to $120MM in run-rate revenue), achieved US residential mounting system market leadership (~50% share in 2013), reached operating profitability, negotiated licensing deals for Zep technology with 16 of the global top 20 manufacturers of solar modules, struck distribution agreements with 4 of the top 5 US residential installation firms, and closed technical integration agreements with the top 2 global micro-inverter players. Negotiated/closed the landmark sale of the company for $160MM to SolarCity (NASDAQ: SCTY) in December 2013. Currently serving in an Entrepreneur-in-Residence role at Obvious Ventures, an early-stage fund backing renewable energy and other #worldpositive startups.
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.
Charlotte Street Capital is a venture capital firm based in London, United Kingdom. The firm start, invest in and advise new technology businesses.
Thomvest Ventures is a venture capital firm that invests in companies that range from early-stage companies to those seeking growth equity rounds of financing. The firm invests in the sales and marketing technology, financial technology, and cybersecurity sectors. It was founded in 1996 and is based in Redwood City, California.
Founder of TechU Angels, MIT alum and former winner of @massachusetts-institute-of-technology $100K Competition.