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Nat Friedman

Nat Friedman is an Angel Investor. He was a Co-Founder and served as the Chief Executive Officer at Xamarin. An entrepreneur and developer, Nat is passionate about building products that delight developers. Nat has a BS in Math and Computer Science from MIT and has been writing software for 27 years. In 1997, Nat co-founded and served as chairman of the GNOME foundation. In 1999 he co-founded Ximian with Miguel. At Novell, Nat ran engineering for a $110M product and was CTO of the Linux business. Nat is an avid traveler who visited 20 countries in 2010, an active angel investor, and a private pilot.

Benjamin Miller

Ben is a co-founder of [Fundrise]( Ben's responsibilities involve day-to-day management, strategic partnerships, deal underwriting, real estate development, and product strategy, financing, as well as setting the long-term strategy and goals for the company. Ben has 19 years of experience in real estate and finance, and he has acquired, developed, and financed more than $500 million of property in his time as Managing Partner of WestMill Capital Partners and President of Western Development Corporation. Ben also started US Nordic Ventures, a cross-Atlantic private equity and operating company. He has worked as an analyst for Lubert-Adler, a private equity real estate fund. Ben was part of the founding staff of Democracy Alliance, a progressive investment collaborative. Ben is also co-founder of Popularise, a real estate crowdsourcing website.

XL Innovate

XL Innovate is the venture capital arm of XL Group and is based in Menlo Park, California. The firm focuses on making investments in financial technology, insurance and risk underwriting, and analytic companies operating in the insurance industry.

Ziad Sultan


Ziad Sultan is an Investor @ Colle Capital Partners LP, an opportunistic, early stage technology venture fund. He focuses on sourcing and conducting diligence on seed and early stage investment opportunities and assisting companies with product, strategy, and expansion. Ziad is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he received a B.A. in business economics with an emphasis in accounting, a minor in professional writing for business communication, and a certificate in technology management and entrepreneurship. Since joining Colle Capital, Ziad has worked on a broad range of investments, including companies in Digital Health, Security, Consumer and Enterprise Software, FinTech, Clean Tech, and Automotive/ Supply Chain Technology. Ziad also competed in UC Santa Barbara's nationally ranked Division I tennis team for four years, serving as captain in his junior and senior years.

Lee Torrens


Lee Torrens is the author of Microstock Diaries where he blogs about his experiences as a microstock photographer and reports on the microstock market. He started the blog in early 2007 to share what he was learning about the industry and it has since grown into an entrepreneurial venture and a passion for Lee. Milking this wild ride for all he can, Lee has taken opportunities to present at conferences and mingle with some of the world's top stock photographers and industry notables. Until he can sell enough of his own stock photos to earn a living, he's not unhappy writing about those who do so instead. Especialidades:Learning. Sharing. Connecting people.

Ross Hudgens

Siege Media

Ross Hudgens is a digital marketing consultant and the founder of Siege Media, a marketing agency specializing in SEO. He is a frequent speaker on the search marketing circuit and is best known for the writing on his SEO Blog,

Alexis Normand


Alexis Normand is head of the Embleema Blockchain Consortium bringing together patients, their advocacy groups, life sciences companies and regulators to set a new standard for sharing Real World Evidence (RWE). As former Head of B2B at Nokia Digital Health & VP of Healthcare at Withings, Alexis has been at the forefront of the connected health revolution for more than 10 years in a career that spans public policy, hospital operations and product management. He currently leads Withings’ ongoing strategy in driving adoption of digital devices in healthcare with consumers, employers, medical providers and life sciences. In 2013, he founded and headed the B2B division of Withings to promote sales and use of smart devices and data in preventative health services for employers, distance health monitoring for healthcare providers, and real-world evidence studies for life sciences and academic institutions. He has developed eHealth solutions for hospitals in North America and Europe and is a leading industry advocate, having served as a member of the GDPR working Group on eHealth for the EU commission. Alexis is also a regular keynote and panel speaker at industry events and has spoken at conferences including Connected Health, HIMSS, AHA and OECD. Alexis has also written extensively on issues relating to connected health as an author, media commentator and co-investigator for peer reviewed publications. His book, “The Revolution of eHealth” was published in 2017 and his writings and comments have appeared in media all over the world including the Wall Street Journal, Les Echos and Le Monde. In addition, as part of his work with Withings, he has co-authored multiple studies involving connected health devices and data in peer reviewed publications including The American Journal of Hypertension, The Journal of Internet Medical Research and The Journal of Physical Activity Research. Alexis is a graduate of HEC (Msc.), Sciences-Po (MPA) and La Sorbonne in philosophy (Ba) and currently lives in Boston.

Paul Ho

The Zygus Capital

Paul Ho is Chairman, CEO, and Founder of Zygus Capital. Mr. Ho has executive oversight of the firm’s investments including broad strategy-setting, risk and resource management. Prior to founding Zygus Capital, Mr. Ho was a capital markets banker at Citco based in New York City and a member of the Capital Markets Group. At Citco, Mr. Ho arranged debt and equity capital for sponsors and investors. Before Citco, Mr. Ho was a Leveraged Finance and Financial Sponsors banker at SMBC. Prior to SMBC, Mr. Ho spent three years as a Leveraged Finance Analyst at Citi. He began his investment banking career as a Mergers and Acquisitions banker at Royal Bank of Scotland and was a private equity analyst at the Masan Group. Over his career, Mr. Ho has completed over $2 billion in debt and equity transactions. His experience includes client management, deal sourcing, structuring, leverage finance underwriting, portfolio management, and risk management. Prior to his career in finance, he served in the United States Army as medic and surgical technologist for four years at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington D.C. and 349th General Hospital in California. He received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

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