• Speaker Bios and Links

    Vlad Andrei, Partner, Albaron Ventures

     

    Greg Castle, Anorak Ventures, Partner

    https://www.anorak.vc/

    Greg is the Founder and GP of Anorak Ventures, a seed stage fund focused on emerging technology. Prior to Anorak, Greg was an active angel investor (investments below) with 26 investments counting two exits including Oculus, which was acquired by Facebook for $2bln. With strong ties to the VR/AR community, Greg focuses much of his time investing in and mentoring startups in this sector. Previously, Greg led marketing for the widely popular game development tool Scaleform (acq. 2011) and for Autodesk's Game Technology Group. Greg has a dual degree in International Business & Marketing from the University of Maryland.

    Andy Dolich, President, Dolich Consulting

    Andy Dolich brings over five decades of executive experience in the sports industry, including front office positions in the NFL, MLB, NBA & NHL. Dolich was responsible for the day-to-day business operations of the San Francisco 49ers. Dolich played a major role in the team’s improvements at Candlestick Park and the planning of a new state-of-the-art stadium in the Silicon Valley opening in August, 2014. Dolich left the team in 2010 to form his own sports business consulting practice. Clients included IMG College, ADC Partners, (WCC) West Coast Conference, TBT, FanlinQ and the Bay Area Breeze women’s pro soccer team.

    Prior to joining the 49ers Dolich served as President of Business Operations for the Memphis Grizzlies and played a major role in the planning and building of their new downtown arena FedExForum.

    He led the marketing and business resurgence of the Oakland Athletics in the 1980’s and early 90’s. Dolich helped change the face of sports team advertising through the Clio Award winning “BillyBall” campaign and increased A’s attendance average from 800,000 to 2.9 million and improved the season ticket base from 326 to 16,000. He created the A’s business and marketing efforts in three consecutive World Series.

    Sohrob Farudi, CEO, Fan Token

    Glenn Gow, Clear Ventures, Marketing Partner

    www.clear.ventures/

    Glenn Gow works with CEOs on their biggest challenges. He is a CEO Coach, a Board Member, Speaker & Advisor. He is a popular speaker and advisor on #Blockchain, #ICOs and #Cryptocurrencies. His recent Blockchain speaking includes the following:

    - Tech Symposium on Blockchain (National Association of Corporate Directors)

    - Clear Ventures Blockchain Entrepreneurs Meetups

    - CB Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Conference

    - Global Token Galaxy Expo

    - Austin Corporate Directors Master Class on Blockchain

    - Blockchain & ICO Funding Summit

    - Global Board of Directors Leader's Summit

    - Synergy Blockchain Summit

     

    In his role as Marketing Partner at Clear Ventures he works with CEOs across Clear Ventures’ portfolio companies. Technology CEOs tend to be brilliant technologists with a hunger for expertise in running a company. Glenn provides expertise and counsel.

     

    In addition, he advises other CEOs, and serves on Boards. Glenn adds the most value in the areas of strategy, management, marketing, blockchain, ICOs and cryptocurrencies.

     

    Prior to Clear, he helped Apple, Cisco, Dell, EMC, Google, HP, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, Seagate, VMware and many startups become even more successful. During this time, Glenn launched over 100 products / companies, starting with the strategy and ending with the tactical execution.

     

    Glenn earned a BS in Quantitative Management from the University of Florida and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

    Rana Gujral, Partner, Renu Ventures

    Rana Gujral is an Entrepreneur, Executive, and Investor. In 2014, he founded TiZE, a Cloud software for specialty chemicals, and held the role of CEO until 2016. He is currently an active investor and an advisor to several startups. Rana is a contributing columnist at TechCrunch and Forbes and was awarded the ‘Entrepreneur of the Month’ by CIO Magazine and the ‘US-China Pioneer’ Award by IEIE 2017. He was listed among Top 10 Entrepreneurs to follow in 2017 by Huffington Post and is a sought after international speaker. Rana has most recently been a featured speaker at the World Government Summit in Dubai, the Silicon Valley Smart Future Summit 2017, and IEIE 2017 in New York.\

    Jazzy Guo, Investment Manager , Tsingyuan Ventures

    UC Berkeley alumni, Entrepernerur since age 16. Formerly Investment Banker, Hedge Fund. Currently active venture capitalist and mentor at Techstars, Alchemist Accelerator, 500 Startups, Tech Plug-n-Play.

     

    Keith Herman, IPA Equities, Founder/CEO

    https://www.ipaequities.com/

    Keith Herman is an entrepreneur, investor, strategist, speaker, writer, mentor and advocate for numerous charities who has owned more than 50 businesses over the past 30 years in 6 different industries primarily in the fields of real estate, finance and technology. Over the course of his illustrious career he has raised over $500 Million for his own ventures and has represented more than 200 technology companies that cumulatively raised hundreds of millions of dollars. In aggregate, he has been involved in over $1 Billion of transactions.

     

    Chris Li, Venture Partner, Coefficient Ventures

    Chris Li recently joined Coefficient Ventures, a San Francisco crypto fund as venture partner. Before he was director of engineering at a blockchain startup, developing smart contract and backend for prediction market. Prior to blockchain, he was a serial entrepreneur and software engineer at Microsoft, where he worked on backend of a large distributed system for 4 years.

     

     

    Cherie Liu, Outpost Venture Capital,
    VP Investment

    outpostvc.com/

     

     

    Ashutosh Pande, TheFabric, Head Market Development

    www.thefabricnet.com/

    Ashutosh Pande, former Chairman and Managing Director, CSR Technology (India) Pvt. Ltd, is currently founder and chief innovation officer at PaySe, an initiative of Nucleus Software Exports Ltd. Ashutosh is a pioneer in mobile telephony. In a career spanning nearly three decades, Ashutosh has worked in various aspects of the mobile ecosystem from chipsets to handsets and mobile network infrastructure. Ashutosh has invented and/or designed and delivered many first in the industry, including the first dual-mode AMPS/GSM mobile phone (1991), first cellular digital packet data (CDPD) radio in 1992, first cellular simultaneous voice-data modem on mobile (1994), first GPS/cellular tracker (1995), first mobile phone with integrated GPS (2000), first GPS phone for E-911 (2002), first location based service platform (2005) and most recently the first offline P2P secure payment platform, PaySe (2015).

    Ashutosh has over 60 patent issued in his name in India, US, EU, Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea and Australia.

    Ashutosh, is an advisor to Your Nest Angel Fund in India and has served on the board of Starscriber, US.

     

    Salil Pradhan, Draper Nexus, Partner

    https://www.drapernexus.com/

    Salil is a Venture Partner with Draper Nexus, an advisor to a number of private & public companies and has served on a number of academic boards including UCLA's WINMEC and UCSD's center for wireless communications. In his previous life, Salil was the founder and Chief Technology Officer for HP's Enterprise RFID efforts, focused on retail and healthcare. A recognized thought leader, Salil is the founder of two startups and has been issued 43 US patents.

    Salil has a Masters in Computer Science from Northeastern University and Bachelors in Engineering from the University of Poona.

    Andrew Romans, Rubicon Venture Capital, General Partner

    rubicon.vc/

    Andrew Romans, based in Silicon Valley, is a successful VC-backed entrepreneur, author of two top-selling books on venture capital, former tech VC and M&A investment banker, cofounder of an angel group and now General Partner of Rubicon Venture Capital, a VC fund active in Silicon Valley, New York and Europe. Masters of Corporate Venture Capital and The Entrepreneurial Bible to Venture Capital have been translated into Chinese, Japanese and Russian by major publishers.

     

    Romans raised over $48m for tech startups he founded by the age of 28. He has continually raised VC funding as a founder, banker or VC ever since. Romans was the founder and General Partner of The Founders Club and also acted as the Managing Director of EMEA at VC-backed Sentito Networks where he raised over $58m in VC funding (acquired by Verso Technologies). Founder and President of The Global TeleExchange (The GTX), where he raised $50m from VCs and corporates including Lucent Technologies, built and managed a team of 90. He managed enterprise software sales at VC-backed Motive Communications (NASDAQ IPO) opening new markets in France, Benelux, Scandinavia and Ireland. Opened new markets and acted as country manager for fiber optic cable manufacturing and turn-key project construction company Dura-Line in the UK, Austria, Czech & Slovak Republics, Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

    He is also a frequent VC guest speaker on TV shows including MSNBC, CNBC and ABC, as well as various TV channels in China and Russia. He was born in Japan, lived in Europe for 15 years and is fluent in English, German, and French, can speak conversationally in Slovak and holds US and UK passports. He began his career in 1993 working in the UNIX computing industry at Pencom Systems in New York, Silicon Valley, and Austin.

     

    He holds a BA from the University of Vermont, studied in Paris and Berlin at École Active Bilingue (now École Jeannine Manuel), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin and an MBA in finance from Georgetown University, which he completed on scholarship. In his spare time Andrew coaches boys lacrosse.

     

    Michael Terpin, Transform PR and Bitcoin Angels, Founder

    https://www.transformgroup.io/

    I've spent my career innovating in PR, technology platforms, and the space in between. Currently, I run Transform Group, the world leader in blockchain and ICO PR and advisory services (75 ICOs and counting), as well as CoinAgenda, the leading conference series connecting mainstream investors with blockchain and cryptocurrency investments, which is a logical evolution from my investing experience in the bitcoin/blockchain sector since early 2013, when I co-founded BitAngels, followed by the BitAngels Dapps Fund, with David Johnston, in early 2014, which was the first digital currency fund ($6 million wholly raised in cryptocurrency).

     

    In 2015, I cofounded bCommerce Labs, a digital currency incubator, which has launched its first company (Crytpomarket) and will launch its first infrastructure token, Aspire, in early 2018. In 2017, I joined Alphabit Fund, a $300 million digital currency fund, as general partner and head of their ICO investment committee.

     

    Previously, I founded Market Wire, which was originally launched in 1994 as Internet Wire, the first Internet-based company newswire, where I raised $18 million from top-tier investors including Hummer Winblad and Sequoia Capital. Following a strategic investment by NASDAQ in 2003, we grew to become the world's third largest company newswire, and we sold to CCN/Matthews in April 2006, which in turn was sold to OMERS Capital Partners and then finally to NASDAQ in 2016 for $200 million.

     

    Upon the initial sale of Market Wire, I founded SocialRadius (www.socialradius.com), one of the nation's first social media marketing firms. Our social media client roster has included AT&T, Bombay Sapphire, Constant Contact, David Lynch Foundation, Kawai, Marriott, Philips, and Shapeways. One of our biggest successes was the launch and viral seeding of the "Yes We Can"​ video by Will.i.am, which won both an Emmy and a Webby.

    Tao Wang, SAIC Capital, Sr. Investment Director

    https://saicvc.com/

    Dr. Wang joined SAIC Capital in 2016 and has over 20 years of experience in M&A, investments, strategy, corporate operation, business development, and technology development. His career experience spans all segments of the technology industry (communications, software, mobile, Internet, and services) and M&A transactions from successful startups to large enterprise corporations.

     

     

    Prior to joining SAIC, Dr. Wang worked as an executive in Cisco, UTStarcom, GRIC Communications, InnoPath Software, and IA Corporation. He held key leadership positions at three startups (IA Corporation, GRIC Communications, and UTStarcom) that went to IPO and two startups that were successfully merged with pre IPO companies.

     

    He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University.

    Negar Rajabi, NextGen Venture Partners, Venture Partner

    https://nextgenvp.com

    Negar is currently an investor at Wharton Alumni Angels and a venture partner at NextGen Venture Partners. Previously she was an Entrepreneur in Residence at SRI International where she explored commercializing several patented disruptive technologies focused on robotics, computer vision, artificial intelligence and advanced sensing. Before that, she worked at Presidio Partners to identify, assess and source investment opportunities in the areas of 3D printing, drones, Industrial IoT and digital manufacturing. She also founded Cemsica, a startup that develops advanced nanomaterial technologies. She has been the winner of NASA prize in Rice Business Plan Competition, the winner of Wharton Venture Award and Finalist in Caltech, LBS and Steve Case competitions. In addition, earlier in her career she was a senior mechanical engineer at Schlumberger, Halliburton and WorleyParsons. Negar has a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

     

    Ajay Ramachandran​, Happiness Ventures, Managing Partner

    www.happinessvc.com

    Ajay is a Founding Partner at Happiness Ventures - a venture fund that invests in early stage technology companies lead by entrepreneurs with a happy mindset who have a passion and mission to create a brighter future.

     

    Prior to Happiness Ventures, Ajay was a serial entrepreneur/co-founder/executive in 11 start-ups with 6 acquisitions and 2 IPOs. He was an active angel investor and co-founded a successful international incubator. Ajay is a “valley native” who grew up in the silicon valley. He also supports various youth programs helping develop future global leaders. He is currently interested in AI, CV, AR, Voice, Blockchain and Crypto.

    Zahava Stroud, Event Producer, Angel Launch

    Zahava graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Sociology, and UC Davis Law School in 1985, also joining the California bar in 1985. She practiced law in Los Angeles as a trial lawyer and business litigator for 18 years before founding iHollywood Forum in 2001 and then Angel Launch in 2012. We host mixers, breakfasts, conferences, and workshops that have attracted thousands of attendees and connected entrepreneurs, investors and established companies. Many of the startups who attend our events have secured funding from people they met; found jobs or employees; and some became acquired.

     

    She founded Angel Launch in 2012 in the San Francisco bay area. We have produced or partnered for hundreds of events including venture forums, panels, summits and networking mixers on tech trends for startups and investors. Over 60,000 have attend our events, many are thought leadership executives who include entrepreneurs, investors, corporate employees who crave intellectual and thoughtful conversation in an elegant setting to lead to lucrative business deals.
     

     

    Peter Vessenes, Co-Founder, New Alchemy and Bitcoin Foundation

    Peter Vessenes is the co-founder of the Bitcoin Foundation, and served as its first Executive Director and Chairman. He launched the first Venture-backed Bitcoin Company in 2011: CoinLab, Inc.

     

    He has consulted for and advised numerous groups about the Bitcoin technology, including the Department of Treasury, FinCEN and the US Senate GAO. He has introduced Bitcoin to and helped build Bitcoin practices at major law firms like Perkins Coie, and is a trusted advisor to big four accounting firms like Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Price Waterhouse Coopers and major Venture Capital firms like Lightspeed Venture Partners, DFJ, Ribbit Capital, Pantera Capital, Cedar Hill Capital and others.

     

    He is an internationally known speaker and expert in his domain. He graduated from Brown University with an Sc.B. in Mathematics and an emphasis in cryptography.