ROB BOYLE

ROB BOYLE

Rob has spent time in enterprise software as well as on a pair of startups before joining Facebook, where he's been for the last 6 years. He has worked at companies of all sizes, from a pair of people in an attic to large corporations. He has also worked in a variety of areas, include machine learning, integrity and security, youth entertainment, the sharing economy, and developer platforms. In addition to investing, he enjoys advising and coaching Product leaders and teams.

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ATTILA TAKACS

ATTILA TAKACS

Attila Takacs is focusing on advanced technologies and new business opportunities at the confluence of communication, cloud computing, AI, autonomy, and innovative hardware solutions. He has extensive experience in telecommunications, and has repeatedly built up successful technology organizations and managed R&D groups in Europe and in the US. He is an accomplished inventor and holds several granted patents. 

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VICKEN EKMEKJIAN

VICKEN EKMEKJIAN

Vicken Ekmekjian is a senior portfolio and relationship manager with CIBC Private Wealth Management’s San Francisco office, with 19 years of industry experience.

In this role, he is responsible for providing wealth counseling services to a broad base of high net worth private clients, foundations and endowments through the implementation of tailored wealth management and investment solutions. He is also a member of CIBC Private Wealth Management’s Asset Allocation Committee, which sets the firm’s target asset allocation recommendations.

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DAVID KWAN

DAVID KWAN

David has over 25 years of experience in the investment management industry managing assets for institutional clients.  His experience is multi-faceted as he not only managed portfolios but also managed portfolio management, trading, and research teams.  His main area of focus is in developing quantitative fixed income strategies employing government, corporate, and convertible securities.  He has extensive experience in working with relative value models to identify mispriced securities.  David received his MBA from UC Berkeley and his MS in engineering from UCLA.

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ED SUN

ED SUN

Ed is a New York-licensed attorney who trained with Davis, Polk & Wardwell in New York and Hong Kong and was most recently a partner at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy and the resident partner and chief representative of Milbank’s Beijing office since 2005. Prior to that, Ed was the general counsel for Non-Japan Asia for Goldman Sachs’ private equity and principal investing groups.
Ed is ethnic Chinese and was raised in the United States, attending both Stanford University and Harvard Law School, where he graduated with honors, before beginning his legal career with Davis Polk in New York in 1995. Ed spent 18 years practicing law in Hong Kong and Beijing before returning to the United States in 2014 to help Fangda develop its business in the U.S. market. During his 18 years in Greater China with U.S.law firms and Goldman Sachs, Ed has hired and supervised practically every top Chinese law firm on behalf of his U.S. clients across all practice areas. He is intimately familiar with how to choose the best teams at Chinese law firms and interact with them cost effectively and in order to produce the best quality results on behalf of U.S. clients.

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MARK ARSHINKOFF

MARK ARSHINKOFF

Mark is a technology professional and entrepreneur. After his initial professional experience as a EE at Orbital Sciences and Slate, he transitioned to developing enterprise software. In 1996 he founded Pegasoft Corp, and grew the company as its CEO for the next 20 years. Pegasoft initially developed enterprise software, primarily as a Sybase system integrator partner. In 2000, Mark pivoted the company to apply its technology to develop solutions for the IT staffing market. Mark is currently developing a trading platform for equities and options. From 2002 to 2015, Mark was an active member of, and served on the board of, the Young Entrepreneur’s Organization, working with many entrepreneurs.

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ANN MINOOKA

ANN MINOOKA

Ann is an experienced marketing executive with expertise in brand strategy, product positioning, integrated marketing campaigns, investor relations and crisis/reputation management. She has also led the communication strategy for multiple M&A projects. Of note is her deep understanding of China, having crafted and successfully executed go-to-market strategy on multiple occasions. Ann has held senior positions at LSI Corporation (acquired by Avago), Synaptics Inc, and Cypress Semiconductor, where she is currently Vice President of Corporate Marketing. Ann is also the marketing advisor for Shoof Technologies, Inc., a Sunnyvale-based startup focusing on indoor and outdoor asset tracking technology.

Ann holds a B.A in Computer Science from Boston University and an MBA, also from Boston University.

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OWEN WU

OWEN WU

Dr. Wu is an international renown nano-scientist, serial entrepreneurangel investor and coach/advisor for startups and fast growing companies in the areas of innovation, product development, manufacturing, corporate management/governance, and board advisor.Previously he was an intrapreneur at Gould Inc. (Chicago) and Hughes Aircraft Company (Malibu, CA). As a result, he received many awards including EO sensor awards, patent awards and prestige DoD Hershel awards. During last 20 years, Dr. Wu was the cofounder and/or CEO of four high tech companies including FSC (high-tech plastics injection molding), ACT (IC design, was acquired), GCS (foundry and products for wireless and optical devices based on compound semiconductors including GaAs, InP, GaN and SiC etc., It went IPO), UST (acquired from Celeritek and turned around sold to private group).

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WAYNE CHANG

WAYNE CHANG

Wayne spent the last dozen years or so at Facebook helping to bring it from small startup to world-class company. Wayne left Facebook after 12 years to pursue his interests and passions in investing and helping small startups scale out their Engineering & Product organizations. He regularly help sand coaches the Engineering leaders of the companies he angel invest in (as well as the ones he doesn’t.

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AJAY MISHRA

AJAY MISHRA

Ajay is currently the co-founder of MobileIron, Inc., a publicly traded company (Nasdaq: MOBL) - in Mobile Enterprise Security. Previously, he co-founded Airespace, Inc., (WLAN switching) which was Acquired by Cisco in 2005. He is experienced in Engineering, Bizdev and General Management.

Ajay is an alumni of: Chicago Booth School of Business (MBA), University of Southern Mississippi (MSCS), Allahabad University (B.Sc).

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SESHADRI PARAVASTU

SESHADRI PARAVASTU

Seshadri has contributed in Product Management and Engineering roles at leading innovative technology companies.  He is skilled in ideation, formulating strategies and operationalizing them to drive outcomes that exceed expectations.  He has a successful track record of  helping people, products and ideas to become successful. Seshadri has Masters in Electrical Engineering degree from State University of New York, Stony Brook and an MBA degree from Drexel University.   

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MARC CANABOU

MARC CANABOU

Marc is a product executive who can scale product and operations as a venture investor or business leader. He has taken products from inception to $250M, grown partnerships with Google and Microsoft and acquired startups. Superpower is strategic execution - building great products, scaling partnerships and coaching teams focused on well characterized customer problems. Domain expertise in Search and User Relevance, Online Advertising, AdTech, Auction Marketplaces, Monetizing Users and the healthcare industry (drug discovery, consumer applications, insurance and service delivery). Passionate about inspired products that delight customers.

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CHRISTINA YANG

CHRISTINA YANG

Christina is a serial entrepreneur with successful track record in consumer goods. She held multiple patents for products which she developed from concept to globally recognized products. She has hands-on experience in identifying product and market fit, product development, and global business expansion. She’s also involved in nonprofits and organizes tech events and conferences in Silicon Valley. Christina holds an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.

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ADAM WU

ADAM WU

Adam Wu was a VP of Centrify where he helped turing its cloud based product suite to become a leader.  During that process he built a $30M R&D team from the ground up, running a mobile device and ID management cloud service.  After that he was a founding VP of Stormpath, acquired by Okta later on, which was an user identification cloud service targeting developers. Now he is a VP of Product & Engineering for Atheer, which brings AR to Enterprise.

He used to work for Xerox, Intel, Oracle, Microsoft, helping them on APAC efforts including India, China, and he had been traveling to those countries.  His expertise is in security and cloud computing.

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JONATHAN WU

JONATHAN WU

Jonathan is an industry recognized leader in the field of Information Management, Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing with over twenty years of management, business advisory and systems consulting experience. He is President of NAVinture, a technology firm providing services and solutions that help businesses navigate with information through the use of advanced analytics, closed loop and actionable Business Intelligence technologies.

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JAMES WONG

JAMES WONG

James Wong is an angel investor with interests in Big Data, Machine Learning, Fintech, and Life Sciences. He has extensive software and machine learning industry experience across Facebook, Airbnb, and Expedia and holds multiple machine learning patents. He also has been involved in a few startup ventures. James holds Bachelor's degrees in Bioengineering and Computer Science from the University of Washington and is expecting a Master's degree in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University.

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RICHARD WALKER

RICHARD WALKER

A native of the UK with US citizenship, Richard offers a global perspective, having lived and worked in Europe, North America and Asia. He was most recently CEO of electric motorcycle start-up, Zero Motorcycles in California, a private equity backed company and had an extensive career at Hewlett Packard including running the consumer desktop PC business, a $6B piece of the overall PC business.

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CLIFF TONG

CLIFF TONG

Cliff has been an active angel investor for over 15 years and has invested in more than 20 startups in a wide range of industries. He is a founding member and serves on the Selection Committee of the the Berkeley Angel Network and is on the steering committee of the InSync Angel Network, a consortium of 20 angel groups in Northern California. Mr. Tong is also a member of several other angel groups, including the Keiretsu Forum and Vancouver Angel Forum, and is a founding Investor Advisor at The Batchery, and has served as an advisor at SkyDeck.

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SHERMAN TING

SHERMAN TING

Sherman has over 25 years of experience in the high technology industry, in engineering, executive management and as an entrepreneur.  He is an active investor in start-up ventures.

Most recently, Sherman was Founder and CEO of Century A Technologies, a company which built a marketing/sales/support infrastructure in China, for new breeds of Internet-based enterprise software products designed in the US.

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SCOTT THACKER

SCOTT THACKER

Scott Thacker is the CEO of Ivory Consulting, the leading software and consulting solution for modeling and pricing complex equipment leases and loans. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association as well as a member of its Lease and Finance Accountants Committee and a previous chair of its Operations & Technology Committee. He is the co-director of the Research Committee of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation.

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ABBAS TEHRANI

ABBAS TEHRANI

Abbas Tehrani is Director of Corporate Development at Atmel Corporation. He has over 25 years of experience in the high technology industries, in engineering, marketing, and senior management positions. In his role as Corporate Development, Abbas has overseen and conducted M&A and divestiture activities. He has successfully led acquisitions of technologies in Smart Metering, LED Lighting, Touch and Communications. In addition, he has managed divestiture of Flash Memory and Multimedia Technologies.

Prior to Corporate Development, as the head of Business Development for memory products, he created new value and service for the emerging Mobile Market through forging third party strategic alliances. Before joining Atmel, Abbas was instrumental in defining, managing and launching Chips &Technologies’ graphic and multimedia products as the market leader for portable PC.

Abbas received his BS in Electrical Engineering from San Jose State University.


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ALI TEHRANCHI

ALI TEHRANCHI

Ali Tehranchi is an angel investor focused on software, mobile, and cloud technologies. He has over 25 years of experience in B2B client-server enterprise software technology. In 1995 he co-founded and served as President & COO of Notable Solutions Inc (NSi) an intelligent workflow based middleware technology focusing on network and mobile device integration into business applications such as SAP, Oracle, Allscripts, Salesforce and many others.

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CHON TANG

CHON TANG

Chon Tang is a Berkeley/MIT EECS grad with a long career in high-tech entrepreneurship.  Over the past 20 years, he has invested and worked in a number of fields ranging from industrial computing, to financial engineering, to consumer, medical devices, and enterprise technologies.  He founded Junzi Capital Engineering - an industry-leading quant-based hedge fund, and is currently President/Founder of Kaiqiaole - an innovative document-management SaaS company in China.  He is an active participant of four different angel groups, and serves on advisory/director boards for a number of portfolio companies

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LAURA SWAN

LAURA SWAN

Laura has a thorough understanding of the engineering development process (functional specification, system/architecture design, development, testing, and deployment) based on ten years of software/firmware development experience. Effective Program Management skills based on hands-on engineering experience allowing for identification and mitigation of risks early in the product life-cycle.

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NING SUNG

NING SUNG

Ning Sung is the President of International Computer Technology. Being a technologist with a strong business emphasis, he has been involved with emerging technologies, consulting, and playing a pivotal role in the business establishments between the United States, Japan, and China. His company is a systems integrator partnering with major companies in Japan, Hitachi, NEC, Fujitsu, Softbank, and many others, to provide consulting for the clients on how hi-tech products are being used; as well as the strategic use of development tools from America. He constantly travels to Japan to meet with partners and end-users, as well as providing presentations on the research projects from major companies. He has also been constantly involved in the M&A of companies as well as investments activities in the three countries. Before he started this company, he was working for National Advanced System with a deep understanding of the IBM Mainframe Operating systems, and Tandem Computers in the AI development. Mr. Sung is fluent in Japanese, English, and Chinese. Born in Hong Kong, raised in Japan, obtain his Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, and Master's Degree in Computer Science from the University of Santa Clara.

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PHILIPPE STEPHAN

PHILIPPE STEPHAN

Philippe Stephan has more than 20 years of experience in the field of financial technology.

He began his career in California where he developed a novel programming language. He later moved to Paris where he specialized in implementing pricing models to trade financial derivatives, and co-founded a London-based bank as a joint venture between Lazard and Credit Agricole. Here, he managed in-house trading and the bank’s risk-management system.  After returning to the US, he led product development for two B2C web startups before becoming the CTO of Moody’s Analytics.

As CTO for Risk Management Solutions, he headed the development of the leading natural disaster risk models to help the largest insurance companies in the world price and manage portfolios of catastrophe policies. Recently, Philippe has consulted for financial services firms catering to private equity and venture capital firms.

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SRINI SRINIVASSAN

SRINI SRINIVASSAN

Srini Srinivasan has over 25 years of experience in developing and managing early stage technologies, startups, and advanced engineering projects in a wide variety of roles: customer development and support, product management, marketing, sales, engineering, finance and general management. His experience spans diverse domains of data analytics, advanced materials, Internet, devices, networks, control systems, consumer and financial markets. While incubating a business intelligence venture, he is consulting for the Advanced Technology Labs of Lockheed Martin in computational materials and serving as an advisor for various other bay area startups. Previously, he was the founder of EASI, which provided analytics products for wireless networks and embedded real-time systems. He was the founding CEO of TimeSys, a leader in the embedded Linux market with applications in industrial automation, telecommunications, networking, consumer devices, aerospace and defense. Earlier in his engineering career, for Westinghouse Electric, he co-led an engineering team that delivered an automated online tester for the world’s first digital safety system for a nuclear power plant. Srini holds an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management and Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and Masters and Bachelors of Engineering respectively from the University of Houston and the IIT Madras in India.

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GREGG SMITH

GREGG SMITH

Gregg is an active, NY-based venture investor and founder of Evolution Corporate Advisors (www.evolutionadvisorsllc.com) and has investments in more than 25 private companies.  He is also the Chief Innovation Officer of Edison Nation (www.edisonnation.com), an open innovation community of innovators.  Prior to this, he spent ~20 years on Wall Street and was formerly Managing Director and Head of the Private Equity Group at Cowen & Co., and previously worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the Private Equity Placements Group and began his career at Bear Stearns. Gregg has completed in excess of 120 equity private placement and other corporate finance transactions totaling more than $5 billion in proceeds. He is currently a board member and/or advisor to several venture stage companies, including Honcker, Inc.

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EDUARDO SMITH

EDUARDO SMITH

Experienced professional with expertise in innovation, business development, M&A, technology, restructuring and organizational change. 

Works as board member in several companies, especially focusing in transformation processes due to technology innovation and accelerated growth. Active startup investor, serving both as advisor for several startups and as advisor for investors interested in this kind of asset. Portfolio of invested companies comprised of 25+ companies in Brasil and in the US, mostly in digital technology. In several of these companies, Eduardo was the lead investor and serves as the main advisor for the startups.

Also acted as general manager in various positions in the media industry, always involved in transformational processes, such as digital transformation, development of new business initiatives, high growth business units, cultural change and restructuring.

Bachelor in Computer Sciences from Universidade Federal do Rio Grange do Sul and MBA from Stanford University.

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GEORGE JONES

GEORGE JONES

George Jones serves as president of Pathion Inc., a fast-growing energy storage systems company headquartered in Silicon Valley. In this capacity, he has responsibility for all aspects of Pathion, including operations, finance, engineering, sales, and marketing across three locations. Pathion’s products include advanced battery-based stationary energy storage systems, microgrid controllers, and hybrid marine propulsion systems. Mr. Jones has served as deal lead on multiple acquisitions and IP/product licenses while at Pathion. Prior to Pathion, Mr. Jones was VP/GM of AppliedMicro’s Connectivity Products [NASDAQ:AMCC]. Chartered to turn the group around, he increased revenue by 10%/quarter in 2012 and 2013 to exceed $100M and become AppliedMicro’s largest business unit as measured by both revenue and margins. Mr. Jones led several successful mergers and acquisitions during this time, including a Denmark-based company for which he served as president. Previously, as RMI Corporation’s first VP of Sales, Mr. Jones built a high-performance sales team from the ground up to win significant engagements with Tier 1 networking, security, telecommunication, and media customers, leading to $80M of revenue. The company was acquired by NetLogic. The year following the acquisition, the RMI business unit met its $120M revenue earn-out threshold. NetLogic was later acquired by Broadcom. Mr. Jones was a co-founder and chief executive officer of Phase II Technical Sales, a leader among technical sales representatives with offices up and down the west coast of the US. He also co-founded Sand Hill Angels, a leading angel investment group in Silicon Valley and has served as a board member and vice-president over the years. Mr. Jones earned an MBA at the Wharton School, and a holds a bachelor of electrical engineering degree from Georgia Tech.

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BOB SIMMONS

BOB SIMMONS

Bob Simmons is a CPA and shareholder in the San Jose accounting and consulting firm of Abbott, Stringham & Lynch. He started his career with Pricewaterhousecoopers and has been with Abbott, Stringham & Lynch since 1990. Bob has over 40 years of broad-based accounting and tax experience with emerging and closely-held businesses along with high net worth individuals. Bob holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Lake Forest College and has completed graduate studies at Northern Illinois University and San Francisco State University. He is member of the American Institute of CPAs, the California Society of CPAs and the Financial Planning Forum.

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HEIKE SCHMITZ

HEIKE SCHMITZ

Heike Schmitz is an angel investor with a portfolio mostly in high tech, including healthcare, IT, clean-tech and even a restaurant. She is currently looking into entrepreneurial opportunities in the marine space. She is also involved in philanthropy supporting local and global environmental and community related organizations.

In the early years of her career, Heike worked as a management consultant, analyst, and programmer for several Swiss companies. After moving to the US and taking some family time off, she first gained experience in Silicon Valley as a quality assurance engineer with a small startup. Heike was subsequently hired into the Google engineering team, where she eventually developed and led their first testing services teams, an organization of then over 300 people. As senior engineering manager, she was later involved in the preparations for the IPO, including preparation for Sarbanes–Oxley compliance. Heike left Google in 2006.

Heike is a citizen of the United States and of Germany with a special place on her heart for Switzerland, the land she grew up in. Here she studied Computer Science at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. Additionally, in 2014, she graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a degree in Marine Biology.

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KIRAN (KEN) SAMPAT

KIRAN (KEN) SAMPAT

Ken is an active individual investor and a technology professional.  Ken was an early, pre-IPO employee of Cisco Systems and has spent the most of his career there, as a technology professional and manager. Ken's expertise is in Enterprise software and networking. He is interested learning about emerging technologies and participating in the local angel investing community, which he has been doing on his own for the last decade. 

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MARK SAGAFI

MARK SAGAFI

Mark Sagafi is a senior business development executive, an entrepreneur, and an engineering team lead with deep technical skills. He’s been a technology innovator for over 25 years, with major contributions in the areas of magnetic optical storage, satellite communications, ASIC development, and automotive navigation, infotainment and autonomous operation, with such companies as Toshiba, Seagate, Siemens, Audi, Delphi, and Teleca, among others.

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DAVID SACARELOS

DAVID SACARELOS

David Sacarelos is a certified public accountant with over twenty years of accounting experience. He is a partner at Seiler LLP, where he advises closely held companies and high net worth individual and families. He provides tax and business planning services for entrepreneurial and emerging growth companies, real estate companies, investment partnerships, manufacturers and professional service organizations.

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CLAUDE SALMONA RICCI

CLAUDE SALMONA RICCI

Born and raised in Brazil, Claude studied Economics & Finance in Claremont, CA before moving to Europe and Asia where he has worked and lived for most of the past 20 years. He is passionate about innovation and technology. In Germany, Claude established one of the largest corporate renewable energy venture funds. Prior to that his work focused on technology and finance having prepared a large tech IPO. Claudehas extensive experience in product management and business development having sold solutions and services to most sectors around the world. In 2010 he moved back to São Paulo where he advises families and their businesses with succession planning, transactions and investment management. Claude mentors and invests in startups in Brazil, California, Europe and Israel. He has an MBA with honors from Chicago Booth.

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ANTON QIU

ANTON QIU

Anton is a founder and managing partner of Anchor Pacific Capital, Inc. a boutique cross-border investment firm with offices in San Francisco and Shanghai. APC focuses on value-add commercial real estate investments projects in the US and also actively invests in early and mid-stage technology ventures in Silicon Valley and China. Anton has been a member of Sand Hill Angels since 2016.

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MARCO POLI

MARCO POLI

Marco Poli is one of the most experienced and active angel investors in Brazil, having lead more than 10 investments and participated in more than 15. He is an engineer with a robotics and computer science background, a frequent panelist on startup events, a mentor on business and technology and also a professor in his free time. As an entrepreneur, he founded 4 startups in areas such digital security and temperature control for the cold logistics chain. He has a well formed investment thesis, especially on B2B opportunities, curated marketplaces and high margin, niched e-commerces.

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JUNE FALLON PAYNE

JUNE FALLON PAYNE

June Fallon is an advisor and Board member who identifies investment worthy companies and provides leadership and guidance to manage growth. She has over 25 years experience as an innovation-oriented leader achieving revenue goals up to $69B from early stage to Fortune 15 businesses. In 2012, Ms. Fallon retired after 10 years as an executive at McKesson, the largest healthcare services and IT company in the United States. Her executive leadership success has been achieved across a broad portfolio of medical device, pharmaceutical, supply chain, distribution, technology and service healthcare businesses.  Board experience includes BioSoteria, a drug safety company sold to Dohmen Life Sciences in 2012 and the McKesson Foundation. She is currently a Strategic Advisor for several medical device and life science companies. She will graduate from the Stanford Graduate School of Business Program for Corporate Directors in April 2014. She previously attended the Harvard Business School Program for Strategic Negotiation and holds an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University. Ms. Fallon is a citizen of the United States and Ireland.

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DIANE PALME

DIANE PALME

Focused, team-oriented individual with over 20 years experience in product design and development, program management and operations. Strategic planner with a proven ability to identify and solve complex, cross-functional issues. Able to communicate and partner with executives, customers, and suppliers to deliver products and solutions on time and on budget.

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MANTHI NGUYEN

MANTHI NGUYEN

Manthi Nguyen has over twenty five years of diverse experience in all functions of managing and growing businesses with capital efficiency and operational effectiveness in a wide range of industries: real-time control systems, telecommunications and networking, Internet services, publishing, heath and fitness, and manufacturing. In the early part of her career, Manthi joined General Motors Advanced Manufacturing Research in developing technologies for office and factory automation. She participated in developing international standards for Open System Interconnect with National Institute of Standard and Technology (NIST). Manthi was involved in a series of early startup developing routing and networking technologies that were later acquired by NEC, Cabletron, Tut Systems, and Cisco. In the last 10 years, Manthi has brought her executive experience to focus on small businesses. Manthi Nguyen received her BSEE from University of Washington, and her MBA from University of Michigan.

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SRIKANTH NEELAM

SRIKANTH NEELAM

Srikanth has retail technology background and has worked at various large department stores e.g. Kohls, Macy's, Walgreen and Gap where he was responsible for executing their omnichannel customer experience strategy using instore and ecommerce technology mix.  Previously he has worked at Baylor Healthcare System to help build and support their IT infrastructure. 
Over the years he has invested in few startups in retail space in the US and India.

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MARK MITCHELL

MARK MITCHELL

I am an entrepreneur with a background as a computer scientist, software engineer, and business manager. After leaving the Stanford Ph.D. program, I founded, grew, and sold CodeSourcery, a software development tools business. CodeSourcery was acquired by Mentor Graphics, where I managed a business unit of approximately 150 people. I was responsible for product management, marketing, and engineering for open-source technologies. I championed the acquisition of the automotive software business unit from MontaVista software and was an active participant in strategic planning for the Embedded Software Division.

I am fascinated by technology, business, technology in business, and the business of technology.

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GORDON MITCHARD

GORDON MITCHARD

Gordon is an angel investor and member of Sand Hill Angels. He’s been co-founder/CEO, board member, advisor, and investor for several angel and VC funded startups serving several industries (lasers, alternative energy, water treatment, computer graphics). He’s also worked at larger companies, primarily in sales and marketing in the laser industry (JDS Uniphase and SDL). Gordon has a PhD from Caltech and an MBA from Santa Clara University.

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JEFF MICHELS

JEFF MICHELS

Entrepreneur and consultant with experience in artificial intelligence and machine learning including a wide range of applications for data mining, natural language processing, speech recognition, computer vision, signal processing, and robotic control. Passionate about startups and creating new products that bring technology out of the lab and into people’s lives.

Experienced with various AI/web technologies including python, tensorflow, ruby/rails, java, c, mysql, lucene, mapreduce/hadoop, *nix, matlab, opencv, iOS, android, etc.

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KUMAR METTU

KUMAR METTU

Kumar is the founder & CEO @ Dexati a Mobile Photography apps company which is fairly popular on Android with about 300 Million downloads (If Social networks like Instagram are excluded they are the largest Mobile Photography company on either platforms) and growing over 100 % year over year. He started this as a side project and grew into 30 people today while staying profitable every month since company formation. Before that he was Software Architect at Autodesk and Sunrun. He is also a spec member for multiple JSRs (Java Specification Requests).

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DOMENIC MERENDA

DOMENIC MERENDA

A seasoned Silicon Valley software executive with a passion for disrupting markets, Dom has had a number of valley startups and successful exits. At BeOpen.com (later Google) Domenic was an early and influential member of the business development and technology teams, and helped shape the direction of the Python programming language, which was the basis for Google's search technology.

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MING LIN

MING LIN

Ming graduated from Cornell University with dual master degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Upon graduation, Ming moved to bay area and worked for Marvell Semiconductor and Apple Inc. In his past job experiences, he utilized his knowledge on both the hardware and software to create problem solving applications. At Apple, he worked on the test and calibration algorithm for Apple’s touch technology on various products. He also had the opportunities to visit the manufactories and to deploy the SW for mass production. Ming joined the investment theme through introduction of his close friends, now investment partners. He has invested in a local start up company that he later worked very closely with and got to experience the start up culture. Seeing the ups and downs of the entrepreneurship, Ming decided to become a full time investor and to not just invest in innovative technologies and ideas, but to also build a platform that gather resources and talents to serve start-up companies. Ming’s investment focus is intelligent hardware. Hardware devices that are powered by intelligent software and algorithm, and serve as real world applications. Besides investment, I like cars.

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WEI LI

WEI LI

Wei Li is an experienced CFO and angel investor with close ties to China.  She is also a member of The Angels’ Forum. Wei obtained her MBA in Finance and Strategy from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.  She worked with Dell as Finance Director, and was CFO at Sony Ericsson China (Beijing).  She was CFO at AsiaInfo (NASDAQ: ASIA) and at RedBaby.  At each of those two positions, she led M&A activity, fund raising, and teams of 50 – 90 finance and accounting professionals.  She managed five acquisitions during those years.  RedBaby was acquired by Suning in December 2013 and with that acquisition, Wei moved to the Bay Area to become Deputy General Manager of Suning’s R&D Center in Palo Alto.

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LEN LEHMANN

LEN LEHMANN

Len Lehmann has been a Silicon Valley technology entrepreneur and investor for 30 years.  Len founded three systems companies, two of which were strong financial successes.  In 1982 he co-founded DigiRad Corp., a medical imaging company, and led its digital systems engineering team.  In 1985, he founded GreenSpring Computers, and was its chairman until its acquisition by SBS.  Greenspring produced controls for large customer-integrated embedded systems.  In 1989, Len co-founded Global Village Communication and was its initial CEO.  Global Village grew to over $100 million in revenue and was listed on NASDAQ.

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BEN LEE

BEN LEE

Ben Lee is CEO of mCube, Inc. He has over 20 years of senior management experience in the semiconductor industry, with more than 10 years serving as an expat in Asia (Singapore, Hong Kong, and Shanghai). Ben is especially interested in innovative IoT solution companies that can benefit from mCube’s world’s smallest MEMS inertial motion sensors. Prior to mCube, he served as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. Prior to Cypress, he served in senior management roles at Trident Microsystems, Apexone Microelectronics, Altera Corporation, National Semiconductor Corporation and Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing. Ben began his career as a System Integration Engineer at IBM’s Federal Systems Division in New York. He holds a BSEE from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and a MBA from Golden Gate University, San Francisco. Mr. Lee serves on the Industry Advisory Board for Cal Poly Electrical Engineering and is a Board Director of Ten Degrees, Inc.

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RICK LAZANSKY

RICK LAZANSKY

Rick Lazansky, vice president of product development for Xpedion Design Systems, designing and building RFIC design and analysis tools for the wireless and highest-speed semiconductor industry.  He joined Xpedion in late 2001, helped raise capital from Menlo Ventures and Telesoft, and has led product development out of chaos and into 45 of the top 50 RFIC companies, including Qualcomm, Skyworks, and TI.

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STEVE LAMONT

STEVE LAMONT

Steve's background is mostly in marketing and strategy for high tech companies. Part of his career was in strategy consulting (McKinsey and Accenture) for global high tech and communications clients. The other portion was as lead marketer for companies such as McCaw Cellular Communications and NextWave Broadband. He has worked in a range of industries including cellular telephones, broadband data, satellite data, cloud telephony, software as a service, and cloud services. For the past 12 years he has worked in startups in a range of roles - including entrepreneur, CEO, board member, advisor, and angel investor. Steve holds a B.Sc. degree in Computer Science from the University of Toronto, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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MONIQUE LAMBERT

MONIQUE LAMBERT

Dr. Monique H. Lambert is an ethnographer, engineer, and Silicon Valley serial intrapreneur with over 20 years of experience driving product, service and practice innovation in the healthcare and semiconductor industries. Monique is Principal of Monique H. Lambert & Associates, a boutique consulting practice specializing in corporate ethnography and usercentered design of enterprise and consumer IT products and services. Monique also works as Senior Healthcare User Experience Architect for Intel Corporation’s Health Strategy and Solutions Group where she drives design and implementation of new health IT usage models and user experience strategies aimed at driving adoption of Internet of Things (IoT), client computing, and distributed analytics technologies in the healthcare vertical.

Monique is a member of 37 Angels and holds a doctorate in Engineering Management from Stanford University, a Masters in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Washington at Seattle, and a Bachelor’s in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign.

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LEUNG KWOK

LEUNG KWOK

Leung Kwok has been in financial services for 30 years most of it with General Electric Capital Corp. 25 of those years were in Asia covering Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan and about half the time in China. During this time, I deployed about $3bn and recovered about $5bn. The products were Private Equity, High Yield Lending, Project Finance and Distressed Debt. Over the years, I’ve examined thousands of companies and projects in need of capital and provided capital to a hundred or so. As a result, I’ve seen many successes and failures - attributable to a variety of operational, market and other reasons. While these were all growing or mature companies and not start-ups, I hope to leverage this experience in SHA.

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SAROSH KUMANA

SAROSH KUMANA

Sarosh Kumana is a real estate entrepreneur and angel investor based in San Francisco, with over 25 years of startup and management experience. He founded and ran a leading California government foreclosure brokerage and a mortgage brokerage company for over 15 years. He is President of Pacific Capital Management,  managing member of Junglee LLC, and also manages several other private investment vehicles. He is a member of Health Tech Capital, a limited partner in numerous VC funds, and active with Sand Hill Angels in Silicon Valley as President of the Board of Directors.

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RYAN KENNEDY

RYAN KENNEDY

Dr. Ryan Kennedy: SVP.

He has over 25 years of insurance background.  He is a published author and speaker on many facets of the insurance industry.

He has been a political advisor on insurance related issues for a number of prominent state and federal officials.  Ryan has been an instructor for the Wharton School/University of Pennsylvania's CEBS Program as well as CPA and Attorney Accreditation programs.   He has been an advisor to the Harvard School of Public Health as well as several legislators.

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MATT JOHNSON

MATT JOHNSON

Globally recognized expert in the field of pricing strategy and sales / marketing excellence. Broad experience leading global corporate pricing transformations as well as deep experience with pricing optimization and pricing software/tools implementation. Matt has worked with over 200 companies in more than 30 countries worldwide and these engagements have generated over 3 billion dollars in incremental annual profit dollars for those client companies. 

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GREG HORNER

GREG HORNER

As the leader of Tri-Valley Orthopedic Specialists’ hand surgery team, Dr. Horner treats conditions affecting the bones, muscles, nerves and tendons of the hand, wrist and arm up to and including the shoulder. He performs arthroscopy and micro-vascular surgery for a wide range of problems, including fracture care, congenital disorders in infants, work injuries, carpal tunnel problems in adults, and sports-related injuries for all ages.

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CHRIS HOBBS

CHRIS HOBBS

Finance/Operations executive with experience on both the company and investment side. I do Corp Dev roles for big companies, and CFO/COO roles for smaller companies.
Currently investing in and advising emerging companies, and thinking about all things entrepreneurial.
Specialties: Growing young companies, venture capital, corporate development, M&A, strategy, infrastructure, finance.

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ABHI GHOLAP

ABHI GHOLAP

Abhijeet Gholap, Founder & Chairman of Optra Ventures, is an alumnus of IIT Mumbai and Stanford University Graduate school of Business. He specializes in MedTech startups and healthcare product innovations. With over 4 successful startups to his credit as founder , investments in over 9 startups , 14 international patents and an active member of Band of Angels, Abhi handholds HealthTech entrepreneurs from concept to commercialization. Abhi is TiE Silicon Valley charter member and Chair of HealthTech at TiECon, Board member of EPPIC Global and Medical advisory board member of Frost and Sullivan. Abhi is also passionate of Feature Films with President’s 3 National Gold Lotus awards to his debut film venture projects in India.

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NIELS FACHE

NIELS FACHE

Leveraging talent and technology in transforming and growing organizations into market front-runners. Entrepreneurial and visionary senior executive with 20+ years of success in transitioning business units from start ups and initial product concept and/or declining performance into industry leaders. Excel at providing strategic direction, overcoming obstacles, managing all product and services development phases and creating sustainable differentiation in the global market place.

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HERMANN EUL

HERMANN EUL

Seasoned top executive with back ground in telecommunications, automotive, industry, and security, the perfect background for the new age, such as IoT, smart cars, Industrie 4.0. Leadership roles such as Member of the Management Board of Infineon Technologies AG (CTO & CMO), Corporate Vice President of Intel Corp, USA, and President & Managing Director of Intel Deutschland GmbH built a rich experience in business, customer relations, technology, and innovation in diverse and quickly changing markets.

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RALPH ESCHENBACH

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MEMBER NETWORKS

AngelList   /   LinkedIn   /  Bloomberg

ABOUT RALPH

Ralph Eschenbach is retired and has been a member of SHA since 2004 and has served as President (1 year), Treasurer (3 years) and board member (6 years). He has been in Silicon Valley all of his career which started at HP Labs. It was at HP that he developed the first commercial GPS (Global Positioning System) receiver in 1976 that demonstrated the potential for addressing a low cost market for a positioning sensor. That design was acquired by Trimble Navigation in 1982 and became the basis of Trimble's GPS technology. He joined Trimble in 1983 as VP Engineering and later had P&L responsibility managing the Marine and Aviation divisions of Trimble. He became CTO at Trimble in the late 1990's and retired in the mid 2000's.

He currently serves on the board's of about 6 startup companies in the valley and enjoys finding and mentoring startups.

He enjoys running, bicycling, and skiing. He just retired from the Squaw Valley Ski Patrol after 41 years and in 2012 he ran in the Boston Marathon.

He and his wife Carol enjoy active travel. They have bicycled, run, and hiked on all continents (except for Antarctica)

Mr. Eschenbach received his BSEE from UC Berkeley in 1968 and MSEE from Stanford University in 1970. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

 

 

 

VITALS

EDUCATION
Stanford University, MSEE 1968 - 1970, University of California, Berkeley, BSEE 1963 - 1968

EXPERIENCE
Stanford University, MSEE 1968 - 1970, University of California, Berkeley, BSEE 1963 - 1968

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE
Consumer Products,Engineering, Energy, Management Consulting, Mergers and Acquisitions, Real Estate Technology

SKILLS
Board Director, Engineering, General Management

INVESTMENT INTERESTS
Consumer Products, Energy, Financial Technology, Hardware, Internet/Web Services Software

 
 

JEFF DEPEW

JEFF DEPEW

Jeff is a serial entrepreneur and GE-trained leader with a keen eye for emerging markets and technology trends. The first half of Jeff’s career was starting businesses, leading turn-arounds and/or building market share for divisions of General Electric and General Motors. The second half of Jeff’s career has been focused on building new businesses and market opportunities as an entrepreneur.

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SHERRY CHUANG

SHERRY CHUANG

Sherry Chuang is a hi-tech professional, investor, and member of the Stanford Angels and Entrepreneurs. She is experienced with go-to-market strategy, marketing, sales readiness and user acquisition. She has strong customer, sales, and marketing in the US and international markets. She led the APAC marketing group at WebEx when it was acquired by Cisco. She leads cross-team groups at Cisco, and have managed programs for enterprise companies including NetApp, Sohu, and Tencent. Her areas of innovation and interest are SaaS, Collaboration, Enterprise, IOT, and particular passion for growing businesses with like-minded individuals leading capital efficient startups. Sherry went to University of Michigan for her BS Computer Engineering degree, and Stanford University for her MA East Asian Studies with a focus on International Technology Management.

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