Based in London. Invests in Mobile, Consumer Internet, Enterprise Software, SaaS, Digital Media, Marketplaces, ECommerce, Big Data, Analytics, Business Intelligence, B2B, Social Media, Social Commerce, Optimization, Local, Local Advertising, Location Based Services, Software, Financial Services, Finance Technology, Cloud Computing, Education
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.
Randall Howard is a senior serial technology executive committed to building global, high growth technology organizations using a “Venture 2.0” model. Randall is ''hands-on'' Executive Chair at VERDEXUS portfolio investments iotum and Maintenance Assistant and Director at ExpertFile. From its acquisition in May 2004 to April 2006, Randall served as CEO of portfolio company, Coreworx, since acquired by Acorn Energy (NASDAQ: ACFN). Returning to Canada from his first US start up, Coherent, in 1984, he founded MKS one of Canada's leading enterprise software vendors and whose products optimize internal software development within large corporations. As founder, Chairman and CEO he led growth to $45 million revenue and 375 employees worldwide, including seven acquisitions. In 2011, MKS was sold to billion dollar Boston-based software company, PTC for US$304 million. To help jumpstart the Waterloo investment scene, he helped launch Golden Triangle AngelNet where he serves as Board member and chair of the Selection Committee. He is also board member at Innovation Guelph, on the Wireless Advisory Panel at MaRS and Dean’s Advisory Council for Laurier Business. He is a past director and co-founder of Communitech and former CFO of Uniforum Association. As a seasoned board member/advisor, Randall has served a huge array of firms including Gore Mutual Insurance, Iotum, Coreworx, Necho, GoodContacts, Whitehill Technologies, Waterloo Maple Software, ARISE Technologies and Nanodesign many of which were successfully acquired or taken public. Randall holds an Honours B.Math from University of Waterloo. An active social entrepreneur, Randall is Treasurer of Roseneath Theatre Company, Co-founder/director of Elora Environment Centre, Chair of Centre Wellington Community Foundation and Board member of Flush Ink Performing Arts. He was recently invited to be one of a Group of Seven to help animinate Governor General David Johnston's Smart and Caring Nation vision for Canada's 150th birthday in 2017. Awards and honours include: • Community Builder of the Year Award from Golden Triangle Angelnet (2011), • Faculty of Mathematics Alumni Achievement Award from University of Waterloo (2011) • Communitech Impact Award (2005), and • Entrepreneur of the Year Award for High Technology (1997)
Shawn Carpenter is the Founder and Chairman of the Board at Three Tree Ventures, an early-stage technology startup investment fund that backs exceptional entrepreneurs that are applying technology to market segments with high caps that have had a historically incorrect, ineffective and/or insufficient level of technology application. Additionally, Three Tree Ventures prefers to invest in startups as early as possible, has historically only invested in product companies, and prefers to invest in organizations with one or more U.S. military veteran founder(s). Shawn has also been an LP and Advisor to CrossCut Ventures (http://www.crosscut.vc/home) located in Los Angeles, CA, for over four years. Mr. Carpenter is a globally respected cyber security expert with a broad range of successful early-stage investments, including Compass, Privateer Holdings, Awake Security, GroupSense, White Ops, ThreatGRID (acquired by Cisco), RideScout (acquired by Daimler AG), InAuth (acquired by American Express) and Efflux Systems (acquired by NETSCOUT Systems). Mr. Carpenter is known for his acumen for advising early stage innovators. He has successfully helped Three Tree Ventures portfolio entrepreneurs and their companies raise capital for pre-Seed, Seed, and Series A investment rounds, navigate rough waters, acquire key talent and customers, and help develop short and long-term business strategies. He currently advises CrossCut Ventures, Trinity Cyber, TruSTAR Technology, Cybraics, AgentHero, GroupSense, uStadium and Netswitch Technology Management. He has held key positions at startups where he was an early employee — Principal Forensics Analyst at NetWitness, Chief Technical Analyst at iSIGHT, Chief Strategy Officer at Invotas, and Senior Vice President of Cyber at Cybraics. One of his passions is being the Technical Advisor for a non-profit 501(c)3 founded by his wife, Dr. Jennifer Jacobs, and a close friend, Jessica Stern — Connect Our Kids (http://www.connectourkids.org). The organization is applying modern technologies like artificial intelligence and data science to the United States foster care system to improve outcomes. His experience and successful entrepreneurial background (e.g. NetWitness, iSIGHT Partners, Invotas) are coupled with deep technical skills honed while pioneering cyber security protocols for the federal government and working at NetWitness and iSIGHT Partners over the past two decades. Shawn is also a veteran of the US Navy, and qualified as a nuclear operator and chemist during his six years of service in the US Navy's Nuclear Propulsion Program (NNPS Class 9203). Shawn also worked as a senior cyber security analyst for almost six years as a Member of the Technical Staff (MTS) at Sandia National Laboratories. He discovered one of the first documented penetrations of US Government networks. After joining NetWitness as one of the first employees, he helped architect, implement and stand up the Justice Security Operations Center (JSOC) — at the time the largest deployment of NetWitness gear for a federal client. Mr. Carpenter also worked as a senior analyst at the US Department of State's Cyber Threat Analysis Team (CTAD) from 2004-2007; he was a key member of the 2005 CTAD team that was awarded the prestigious Frank B. Rowlett Trophy For Organizational Achievement by the National Security Agency. Shawn has been tinkering with computers since he bought his first computer, a TRS-80 Model I, in late 1978 at the age of 10. He has been curious about almost everything since he was born, and enjoys playing slide guitar, banjo and trumpet, metal detecting with his kids, climbing tall trees, building forts high in tall trees, lucid dreaming, experimenting with brain/machine interfaces, building robotic banshees, and hacking all of the things. Mr. Carpenter has a particular affection for blues and jazz, and is an investor in a John Coltrane biography — ''Chasing Trane'' (https://www.coltranefilm.com). His investments span everything from being the first money in at Rumi Spice (https://www.rumispice.com), a sustainable saffron growing enterprise founded by three West Point graduates that served in Herat, Afghanistan, that three years later is the largest private employer of Afghan women in the world, with over 2000 women employees. In May 2017, Mark Cuban became an investor in the saffron startup. In September of 2018, Rumi Spice's saffron became available nationwide in all Whole Food Markets. Shawn is a native of Sioux Falls, SD, and credits his very patient wife -- Dr. Jennifer Jacobs, his Mother, his brother, Shane, South Dakota roots, and mentors and friends like Aaron Walters, Amit Yoran, Paul Garrett, Fraser Verrusio, Jeff Cesnik, Mischel Kwon, Kendall Millard, Gary Golomb, Paul Kurtz, Dave Haugen (his high school band director) and many, many others for his scrappiness, successes and ability to recover from failures.
Neal Hansch serves as Chief Executive Officer & Managing Partner at Silicon Foundry. He served as Incubator Managing Director at Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology. Previously, he served as a Principal at Saints Capital. He served as a Partner at Rustic Canyon Partners. He brings several years of experience in venture capital, technology operations and investment banking. Before joining Rustic Canyon, he worked in the Corporate Development group at Macromedia, where he was responsible for executing worldwide M&A transactions and strategic equity investments. Prior to Macromedia, he was at Technology Crossover Ventures, where he focused on investments in the software, networking infrastructure and e-commerce industries. He has also worked in Product Marketing at webMethods (Nasdaq: WEBM), a leading enterprise application integration company, and co-founded a start-up that provides popular software extensions for Web development tools. He began his career as a financial analyst in the Software Group at Robertson Stephens, where he worked with clients such as BEA, BroadVision, HNC, Hyperion, Informatica and Intuit. He also served as a Board Member at Cashie Commerce and UrbanSitter. He received his M.B.A. with distinction from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where he was a Deutschman Venture Fellow. He also received Bachelor Degrees in Economics and Psychology from Duke University.
Suleman ''Suli'' Ali is an entrepreneur and angel investor. He's the founder & CEO of TinyCo which was acquired by Jam City in 2016. Suli is also an active angel investor. He's invested in more than 30 startups (MoPub, Plangrid, Memebox, Captain401, Sir Kensington's, Hint Water, Solugen) and an LP in various VC funds (Andreessen Horowitz, SV Angel, Cowboy Capital, Crunchfund, Refactor Capital, Pathbreaker Ventures, Akkadian Ventures)
Javelin Venture Partners
Computer operator at @github. Part time pro mountain biker. Turnt on fresh, crisp water.
Battle Born Venture is a venture capital program, overseen by the Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development under the auspices of the US Treasury's State Small Business Credit Initiative. Battle Born makes equity and equity-like investments in early stage, high-growth Nevadan enterprises in the aerospace and defense, agriculture, energy, healthcare, information technology, logistics and operations, manufacturing, mining, tourism, gaming and water sectors. The firm was founded in 2013 and is based in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Waterton Global Resource Management is a private equity firm that specializes in the metals and mining sector. The firm does private equity, debt, public equity, merger and acquisition investments. It was founded in 2009 and is based in Toronto, Canada.
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.
Aditya Bali is a Co-Founder at KitchenMate and serves as its Chief Operating Officer & Board Member. Aditya is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, engineer and foodie. Prior to KitchenMate, he built robots at Google X, co-founded BufferBox (acquired by Google). Aditya is also a graduate from the University of Waterloo's Mechatronics Engineering program.
Mohamed Nanabhay serves as Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Media Development Investment Fund. He is also an angel investor. He s a digital media practitioner, entrepreneur and strategist. As the Head of Online at Al Jazeera English he led the team that produced the award winning coverage of the Arab revolutions in 2011. Previously, he started Al Jazeera's New Media department, and served as an advisor to the Director-General. In 2005 Mohamed founded QatarLiving.com (acquired in 2012), a listings and community website that quickly grew to be the largest site in Qatar. He also co-founded Signalnoi.se, a social analytics platform for newsrooms that won the Knight News Challenge, and he's been an active angel investor in a variety of digital start-ups. Mohamed is a member of the Board of Directors of Global Voices Online and the Mozilla Foundation. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Social Media. He received his undergraduate degree in Computer Science at the University of the Witwatersrand and a master's degree in International Relations from the University of Cambridge. Mohamed is based in Johannesburg.
Guertin is a Co-Founder & serves as the Chief Technology Officer at EaseCentral. Prior to EaseCentral, he was the Co-Founder and CTO of Kiip, a category-creating mobile rewards network. He also helped found EightBit.me and En Masse where they built 7x7, a puzzle iPhone game and spent a few summers as the water boy for the MN Roller Girls.
Founder & CEO Meltwater Group, Norwegian serial entrepreneur. Interests: entrepreneurship, geeky stuff, social media, BIG ideas!
BlueWater Angels is a network of more than 30 high-net-worth individuals and organizations interested in investing private capital in promising companies. BlueWater Angels helps bring fresh ideas, jobs and business growth to mid-Michigan through economic prosperity and follow-up investment. In its first year, BlueWater Angels received funding requests from over 100 companies, reviewed nearly 40 in detail, heard presentations from a dozen companies, and closed its first investment in a mid-Michigan-based advanced materials company. The amount of investment capital available for annual investments now tops $1.4 million and is only expected to grow.
Andrew D'Souza is a Co-Founder and serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Clearbanc. He served as an Advisor at Luge Capital. He is also an Advisor at Kik Interactive and Wealthsimple. Previously, he served as the President of Nymi. Prior to that, he was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Revenue Officer at Top Hat. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo.
Managing Partner - Focus Investments Founder XAP Entertainment, Language Island, Waterman Entertainment
Warren Osborn serves as Managing Director at Osborn Companies. Warren Osborn is a serial entrepreneur who has founded numerous companies. His businesses have designed, produced and sold hundreds of millions of units and penetrated nearly all American households and spanned globally. One of Warren's recent companies, Braven, created a nearly indestructible waterproof speaker allowing speakers to go anywhere you go and became the leading outdoor portable speaker brand. He created the patented ability to charge your smartphone from a portable speaker. Braven also brought true high-fidelity wireless stereo audio to the Bluetooth speaker market. In 2013, Braven was the fastest growing speaker company in the world. When the company was sold in August of 2013 it was awarded Best M&A Transaction in the USA. Another of Warren's recent companies, Luvaire, created the highest-end essential oil diffusers in the market and coupled home decor into its diffusers. Seastone, another of Warren's companies, created the Blu-ray disc package, which established the worldwide standard for high-definition movie packaging. Billions of his patented Blu-ray disc packages have been sold worldwide. Seastone also pioneered the Gift Card packaging industry and became the world leader in that market. Warren and his companies have received numerous awards including the 2nd fastest growing company in Utah, the 11th fastest growing consumer products company in the United States (Inc. 500), Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalist, and Businessman of the Year Award. He received a B.A. in Chinese from Brigham Young University and an MBA from Duke, Fuqua School of Business.