Baltimore Angels is an angel investor group that invests in companies operating in the business products and services, computers and peripherals, consumer Goods/consumer products, education, food and beverage, internet/web services, IT services, lifestyle, marketing/advertising, media and entertainment, mobile, retailing/distribution, software and telecommunications sectors. The firm was established in 2009 and is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland.
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.
Sheryl Schultz is an expert in startup company dynamics, with a deep understanding of the marketing and organizational challenges faced by growing businesses. She has spent over 30 years working with a range of technology companies as a marketer, board advisor, mentor, and investor. In January 2014, Sheryl founded CabinetM, a discovery platform to empower the marketing technology industry. CabinetM has been funded by some of the most prolific angel investors in the Northeast. Sheryl is a member of Golden Seeds, an angel investment firm that supports diverse management teams with include female executives. She served for two years (2009-2011) as Golden Seeds’ Boston Forum Co-Leader, and subsequently ran deal flow for the organization in Boston. Sheryl also spent over 20 years as President of SRS Associates, a firm she founded to provide communications and market strategy consulting to telecommunications startups. In that capacity, Sheryl launched dozens of companies, 20 of whom engaged her from inception through successful exit by IPO or acquisition. During that period, Sheryl designed and orchestrated the launch of some of the most successful companies in Massachusetts including Acme Packet, ArrowPoint Communications, Sonus Networks and Wellfleet Communications. Sheryl is a Board Director at The Capital Network, and a Board Observer/Advisor to Crowdly and Playrific. She is also a founder of the Women’s Entrepreneurial Council (WEC), a “super” organization created to align the many groups that support women entrepreneurs, and provide a powerful ecosystem for entrepreneurial women. In addition, Sheryl was a Pipeline Fellowship Mentor for the Pipeline Fellowship’s inaugural Boston class, providing guidance to women philanthropists working to become angel investors through education, mentoring, and practice. Sheryl regularly speaks to groups throughout New England about Angel Funding, Startup Marketing, and Marketing for Exits.
Eric is interested in companies at the intersection of health and information technology, finance and technology, and consumer services. He supports TransLink’s portfolio companies to engage customers and partners in Asia and leads the firm’s investment activities in Israel. Active current lead investments include aktiia, Opsys Technologies, Sensifree, and Somnoware as well as active engagement with HZO. Noteworthy past TransLink investments include Misfit (ACQ: Fossil). Eric is a founder of Eternal Capital and a private investor, board member, and advisor to public and private technology companies. He was previously the Founding Managing Director of the SOFTBANK Asia Infrastructure Fund (SAIF). Together with Gary Rieschel, Eric defined the strategy, recruited the team, and led investments for SAIF I, a $404 million venture capital fund launched by SOFTBANK Corporation in partnership with Cisco Systems in 2000. Eric has led investments in technology, media, and telecommunications companies in China, India, Korea, and the United States. Prior to SAIF, Eric was an associate partner with SOFTBANK Venture Capital focused on seed and early-stage communications services, e-commerce, and e-finance investments. Prior to joining SOFTBANK Venture Capital, he was a member of Merrill Lynch’s Technology Investment Banking Group and a consultant with The LEK/Alcar Consulting Group in Boston. Eric earned a B.A. in Economics from Harvard College and is a certified acupuncturist.
Eden Ventures invests in technology companies in the telecommunications software, enterprise software, digital media, e-commerce, internet and mobile sectors in the UK and Ireland.
Marc Weiser is the Board Director of BountyJobs Inc. He is also a Founder and Managing Director of RPM Ventures, a seed and early stage venture firm focused on information technology. For RPM, Marc is currently involved with the Boards of BountyJobs, Glyde, Mojo Motors, and Xtime . In addition he led the firm’s investments in Giftly and Wide Open Spaces. Previous investments include Applimation (acquired by Informatica – NASDAQ:INFA), OpenLane (acquired by Kar Holdings – NYSE: KAR), R4 Global Services (acquired by Verisign – NASDAQ:VRSN, RiverGlass (acquired by Allen Systems), and TetraVitae (acquired by Eastman Chemical – NYSE:EMN) . Prior to forming RPM, Mr. Weiser was an internet and software entrepreneur. He co-founded QuantumShift, a provider of web-based business-to-business technology and services focused on corporate telecommunications needs. He was also an early employee at MessageMedia (acquired by DoubleClick) where he pioneered some of the original methods for e-commerce and helped lead the company’s IPO. In addition to his board roles for RPM, Mr. Weiser serves on the Boards of McKinley, Inc. and the Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan, where he is an adjunct professor. Additionally, he and his wife are leading the creation of the Food Allergy Center at the University of Michigan. This Center will provide national leadership and a path to a cure for those that suffer from food allergies. He graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan with a BSE in Aerospace Engineering and a MBA with highest honors.
Peter has 20 years experience in software, Internet services, online media and telecommunications. An accomplished corporate speaker on strategy and marketing,he also has extensive experience as a producer of tradeshows and conferences. In 2002, he founded Riverdale Partners, a strategy and marketing consultancy serving clients throughout North America in the media and technology sector. Since then, he has worked with many senior leadership teams with notable success including DoubleClick (Acquired by Google); Cognovision (Acquired by Intel); Digital Connexxions (Acquired by InfoUSA); Truition (Acquired by CDC Software) and XPLANE Corporation (acquired by Dacchis Group). Prior to his consulting careeer, Peter served as a CMO in a number of early-stage startups such as Platespin and FloNetwork (acquired by DoubleClick). Prior to this he founded the media research practice at MediaLinx LLP, which built Sympatico (Canada's leading online service and Internet ISP). Peter also has considerable experience in the events industry both as an investor and trade show producer and advisor to a number of industry and trade associations. His association volunteer experience includes his work as a Director of the Toronto Venture Group (TVG), a non-profit association where he served as Marketing Chair for 5 years. At TVG he assisted with marketing for a variety of programs including Canada's largest conference dedicated to bridging the gap between entrepreneurs and capital sources in Canada. Peter is a frequent keynote speaker and panelist at technology and marketing events. He has addressed conferences throughout North America and Europe such as COMDEX Las Vegas, Internet World, Kauffman Foundation Charite Entrepreneurship Summit (Berlin), Software Industry & Information Association (SIIA), Boston Consulting Group E-Commerce Forum, The Association for Advancement of Relationship Marketing (AARM), and Direct Marketing Days (DMDNY) in New York and the PriceWaterHouseCoopers Emerging Software CEO conference. Peter currently serves as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EiR) with the MaRS Advisory Services Group in Toronto. He holds an MBA degree from Queen's University and is currently completing the Certificate Program in Strategic Planning & Innovation at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Pravin Agarwala is a Co-Founder and serves as the Chief Executive Officer at BetterPlace. He also is an Angel Investor. Pravin is an IT industry veteran, a globally acknowledged Technology leader, an Entrepreneur and a dreamer. He headed the cloud based computing division for SAP as its Vice President for several years. He is currently the Advisor and Director for several technology led start-ups. He has a BE degree in Electronics and Telecommunications from Gauhati University in 1995.
Convergence Partners, founded in 2006, is an investment management firm focused on the telecommunications, media and technology sector in Africa. Convergence Partners has a proven track record of developing new investment opportunities, as well as adding value to investments across the life cycle of ICT assets. As impact investors, Convergence Partners is dedicated to catalysing investment capital to accelerate communications access and ICT infrastructure development on the continent, focusing on initiatives that increase availability of communications, broadband services and new technology offerings to the people of Africa. Convergence Partners’ founders are seasoned pan-African private equity players, experienced in developing investments that deliver enhanced returns while underpinning continental development. Convergence Partners has played a leading role in landmark African ICT infrastructure investments, such as: • SEACOM, the first undersea fibre system serving East Africa and the first independent investor-led undersea system for Africa; • New Dawn, the first ever African private sector communications satellite; and • FibreCo Telecommunications, the first independent, open access national fibre network in South Africa and the first provider of a managed long haul fibre product in Africa.
Brian Sharwood was a management consultant and industry analyst covering the telecommunications and technology industry as Principal of SeaBoard Group and founded his own strategy consulting company, Think-Forward, in 2007. He has done consulting work for merchant banks, venture capital companies and start-ups. He holds a BA in Philosophy from University of British Columbia and a MBA in Entrepreneurship from Babson College in Boston.
OMERS Ventures is a venture capital firm. The firm was formed in 2011 and is based in Toronto, Ontario. the firm invests in consumer software, enterprise software, mobile, hardware, technology, telecommunications healthcare information technology, digital media and advertising, social media, consumer internet, networking and infrastructure sectors.
Sharon Chang is a Co-Founder and serves as the Media Advisor at LQD WiFi. She is also a Co-Founder and serves as the CCO at Smiletime. She served as Director of Governance Committee at Liberty & Justice. She also serves as Managing Trustee at Ted Tai-Sen Lin Charitable Foundation. Since assuming the role of Managing Trustee of TTSL Charitable Foundation, Sharon has introduced many fresh ideas to facilitate meaningful collaborations between the commercial and nonprofit worlds. She refined and narrowed the focus of TTSL's grant giving to organizations that address environmental and social issues through creative solutions. In 2009, she began incubating new concepts that eventually led to the development of Yoxi. Formerly the Chief Creative Officer of 19 Entertainment - best known as the company that created American Idol - she headed a creative think tank and strategic operations from 19's New York offices. She is a Partner at THNK School of Creative Leadership, serves on the Board of Trustees of New York University; and is a board member of a number of non-profit organizations, technology startups, and social ventures. She holds a BA in Studio Art and Graphic Communications from NYU and a Master's in Interactive Telecommunications from Tisch School of the Arts. Her alma maters also include The Royal College of Art in London and Columbia University's School of Architecture.
Black Diamond Ventures is a venture capital firm based in Glendale, California. The firm was founded in 1988 and invests in privately held companies primarily in the telecommunications, biotechnology, medical devices, semiconductor design, mobile applications and clean technology sectors.
Vikas Taneja serves as Senior Partner and Managing Director at The Boston Consulting Group. Vikas Taneja joined The Boston Consulting Group in 1998. He is a global topic leader in sales, sales force effectiveness, account planning, and several other topics within the firm's Marketing, Sales & Pricing practice. He is also BCG's technology, media, and telecommunications node in Boston. Vikas has focused on achieving profitable growth at major corporations. He has led major programs to improve business performance through sales productivity, better product portfolios, process reengineering, and organization restructuring. Before joining BCG, Vikas worked at Arch Technology Partners, where he evaluated and helped commercialize new technologies emerging from the University of Chicago's academic labs and medical school. Vikas also worked in the information and technology group at McKinsey. Vikas is a member of BCG's executive committee and the Boston lead of Pratham, an India-based organization that has helped more than 4 million children achieve literacy and basic mathematics skills. He is also an Angel Investor.
TELUS Ventures is the venture capital arm of TELUS, a North American telecommunications company. The firm partners with privately held companies that offer unique technologies and innovative products that will accelerate growth initiatives within TELUS. The firm actively seeks synergistic investments in health technology, internet of things, big data, security, identity, managed information technology services, wireless and next-generation network infrastructure. Its financing encompasses early-to-late-stage companies in post-beta development, headquartered in Canada and the United States.