David Anderson has over 4 decades of experience as an engineer and visionary technologist. He served as General Manager of Texas Instruments’ Think Tank, Kilby Labs, and previously worked for National Semiconductor and Volterra Corp. His interests include power electronics, circuit design, and hardware architecture.
Jennifer Azapian is an HR Strategist and Executive Coach working with growing businesses, their leaders, and investors; a significant focus of her work deals with organizational design and scaling, and compensation and performance strategic planning. Jennifer holds a BA from Dartmouth College, an MBA from INSEAD, and Compensation Committee Certification from the Economic Research Institute.
Vadim Balashov has spent 28 years in technology and telecommunications. He is currently the Managing Director at Viaduct Ventures and an Investor at Mighty Capital. He focuses on US based technology startups at late Seed and A stages. Previously he was the Practice leader for Telecom and Technology at EY where he advised telecommunications and technology companies on complex reorganizations, cross border IPOs and various cross-border capital markets transactions.
Monica Bua is a Senior Client Partner at Morgan Samuels and is responsible for managing client relationships including assessment, placement, and development of senior leaders and their teams. Since joining the firm in 2004, she has built and leads the Emerging Products and Technology practice. This expertise at Morgan Samuels has been instrumental in securing key partnerships with premier technology companies. Monica also leads our Board Services practice. Monica holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management and an Advanced International Management certificate. She graduated from Boston College, cum laude, with a BA in Human Development.
Amy Bunszel is a thought leader with over 20 years of experience innovating software products across the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) and manufacturing industries. She currently serves as Senior Vice President of Design and Creation Products at 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software company Autodesk. Amy is also a member of the President’s Council for Cornell Women, the Entrepreneurship Program at Cornell, and The Athena Alliance.
Iris Chan has a strong background in business and commercial banking. She previously served as an executive in commercial banking at Wells Fargo. She is currently on the Board of Directors at East West Bank Corp and a Principal at Ameriway, Inc. Her experience includes capital management, board governance, channel managment, and business strategy.
Asia Chang is a proven leader in the life sciences having developed successful products and businesses. He is currently spearheading precision medicine efforts as the Oncology business leader within Thermo Fisher Scientific’s Clinical NGS Division. Prior to Thermo Fisher, Asia was a bioengineer launching medical devices at Johnson & Johnson and advising life science companies globally with L.E.K. Consulting.
Mary Curtis is CEO of Pacifico, a global strategic communications consultancy, and of OnChip Systems, a fabless semiconductor company. As a serial entrepreneur and investor, she is drawn to strong, collaborative management teams and game-changing products in life sciences, software, e-commerce and social media.
Amy Marks Dornbusch is the General Partner of Willowtree Venture Fund, LP, a private family fund focused on early stage consumer companies in the consumer space including CPG, retail, apparel, dining and hospitality. Amy is also Proprietor and President of Gemstone Vineyard in Yountville, Napa producing estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux style wines.
Christopher J Dunn M.D., F.C.C.P.
Dr. Dunn graduated from Stanford University with B.S. in Biology in 1973. He received his M.D. from Stanford Medical School in 1978. Follow up training in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine took place at Loma Linda University Medical Center and finished in 1984. He then had a private practice of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, CA until the early 2000’s. During those years he also served on the clinical faculty of the Stanford University School of Medicine teaching physical diagnosis and attending medical/surgical chest conference. For 20 years Dr. Dunn was the medical director for northern California Critical Care Transport for the ambulance company AMR. Along the way he went back to school and got an MBA at Santa Clara University. For the last 25 years he has been investing some of his time and expertise in medically related startup companies. Much of his investment dollars have been through a local angel investing group, Life Science Angels, located in Palo Alto, CA. Dr. Dunn has done medical mission work through his local church in countries of Africa, Middle East, Latin America, and South America. He is married, has 4 boys, and now 9 grandchildren. For entertainment he ride horses, plays golf, and travels.
Alejandro Estrada is an investor and advisor of tech companies, specializing in FinTech, payments, digital commerce, digital security and supply chain. He’s worked at leading global financial and technology Corporations such as Visa, Banco Santander, Hewlett Packard and McKinsey & Co. He holds an MBA from Harvard and an engineering degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology in Mexico.
Anthony Grillo is a Managing Director and one of the founders of Ascribe Capital, an advisory and investment firm established in 2005. He has over 20 years of banking, investment, and strategic corporate transaction experience; such as mergers, acquisitions, and restructurings. Mr. Grillo holds a B.A. in Economics from Rutgers University where he was a Henry Rutgers Scholar and a Masters of Finance from Wharton Business School. He served on the Advisory Board of Caron Philadelphia, is a member of the board of advisors of Manhattan-based George Jackson Academy, as well as a member of the board of trustees of The Gladwyne Montessori School.
Dan Hansen has been practicing law in Silicon Valley for over 16 years. He concentrates his practice on corporate and securities law for early stage companies and investors. Prior to co-founding M&H, Dan was a partner at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison where he practiced for 10 years. Dan holds a B.S.M.E., an M.B.A., and a J.D. from the University of Utah and an L.L.M in Trade Regulation from NYU.
Erwin is an independent investor and active non-profit board member. Previously, he was a principal at Bradford Equities Management LLC, a middle market private equity firm in New York; before graduate school, he coded software at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC. Erwin holds an MPPM from the Yale School of Management and an AB in economics from Duke University.
Andrew Housser co-founded and is co-CEO of Freedom Financial Network (FFN), a family of companies that improve the financial well-being of its customers. FFN has been recognized by the Inc. 500 list, Entrepreneur Magazine’s Hot 100, and been named multiple times to the list of Best Places to Work in Silicon Valley and Phoenix.
Steve Kaplan spent 23 years leading Gap to be the largest U.S. based specialty store organization and was a trustee of the International Council of Shopping Centers. He has been a member of The Angels’ Forum since 2005, with interests in retailing, consumer products and services, e-commerce and entertainment. He received his BA from Adelphi University and an LLB from Brooklyn Law School.
Savas Komban is a well-known, awards-winning business leader with more than 2 decades of experience as an entrepreneur, CEO and investor. He has started innovative businesses that achieved tremendous growth, developed high performing teams and had exits to Fortune 50 where he served at global top levels. His ventures are focusing on novel technologies in software, digital health and biotech.
Ed has three decades of experience in finance, management consulting and Information Technology. He has held management positions at leading technology companies including Google, Facebook and Uber. He is also co-founding president of Palladium Technology, an IT consulting firm specialized in advising, building, and supporting complex enterprise information systems.
Lisa Miller has been a top performing real estate agent in San Francisco for over fourteen years and is ranked in the top 1% nationwide of Sotheby’s International Realty. Prior to this, she spent nine years at USC managing international programs at the Marshall School of Business. As a UCLA graduate, Lisa also completed her Master’s in Counseling Psychology at USC.
SC Moatti is a technology visionary, entrepreneur and investor. She is the founding partner of Mighty Capital, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, and Products That Count, one of the largest networks of early adopters in the world. Previously, she built products that billions of people use at Facebook, Nokia and Electronic Arts. SC has an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a MS in Electrical Engineering.
Johannon Olson is an expert in healthcare management and operations with twenty years of leading healthcare teams at Stanford Hospital. He enjoys process improvement, customer service, leadership development and team building. He is a graduate of Wharton’s Healthcare Executive Program.
Patricia Roller is the CEO of Vidlet, a mobile video platform replacing costly human interactions with scripted “selfie” video recordings by which companies can easily engage with customers and employees for actionable insights. Patricia is the former CEO of frog design, a world-renowned design and strategy firm operating globally. Patricia speaks frequently on innovation and entrepreneurship.
Phil Schlein is an experienced retail and consumer product executive and early stage investor who helps entrepreneurs with strategy, financing and governance. He is the former CEO of Macy’s West and previously served on the board of Apple. He looks for capital-efficient companies bridging online and offline for retail.
Cathy Shive is a product/UI engineer with over a decade of experience working in close collaboration with designers and company stakeholders to get the right products onto the market. Most recently, she lead mobile engineering at Ozlo, a conversational AI company at the forefront of the intelligent future. Cathy is currently a co-founder and CPO at Bubble, a design-driven smart home company based in Menlo Park.
Brad Stroh has founded several financial and technology businesses. Currently Co-CEO of Freedom Financial Network, CEO of Bills.com and a board member to several startups, he was named to Silicon Valley’s “40 Under 40” list, and won the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Award. His companies have been named to the Inc 500 list, Hot 100, and many times “Best Places to Work.” He lectures on start-ups at Stanford B-School.
Meera Swanson is a nonprofit professional with expertise in youth development, evaluation, and fundraising. She has experience working in enterprise marketing technology, as well as a variety of capacities within the nonprofit sector. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz and a Masters of Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco.
Mark Torrance is an experienced CTO and CEO. He founded StockMaster.com, the first financial service on the web, in 1993, and most recently served as CTO of Rocket Fuel, a public technology company applying machine learning to optimize marketing outcomes using display advertising, recently bought by Sizmek. He is currently interim CTO at Cox Media Solutions (Comet). Mark holds a BS in Symbolic Systems from Stanford with a concentration in AI, and an MS in EECS from MIT where he worked in the AI lab with Rod Brooks and Lynn Andrea Stein.
Jennifer Vancini has over 20 years of experience across a broad range of technologies, with extensive experience in the mobile and security industries. She has held management and executive roles in start-ups and innovation units of large organizations including Price Waterhouse, Nokia, VASCO Data Security and Telefonica. She looks for teams that can execute their go-to-market strategies.
Kira Wampler is the CEO of Art.com. She brings more than 20 years of marketing and product leadership, building delightful and high impact consumer experiences and accelerating business growth across a wide variety of industries. Most recently as CMO at Lyft, Kira drove a 7X increase in rides and a 6X increase in passengers while building Lyft as a household name in a highly competitive and complex environment.