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.
Irma L. Atillo is a Co-founder and director of Amancor, Inc, Florentino III International, Inc., Florentino III USA, a furniture company in Cebu, Philippines from 1976 to 2010. She was also a Co-founder and director of Tita Gwapa Supertinda, supermarket chain in Cebu, Philippines, 2005 to 2011. A former stockholder at Bridge Bank as well as the former director of Mission Oaks National Bank, 2000 to 2012.
Vadim Balashov has spent 28 years in technology and telecommunications. He is currently the Managing Director at Viaduct Ventures and invests in US-based early stage tech startups. Prior, he was Practice leader for Telecom & Technology at EY where he advised companies on complex reorganizations, cross border IPOs and various cross-border capital markets transactions.
Monica Bua is a Senior Client Partner at Morgan Samuels. Since joining the firm in 2004, she has built and leads the Emerging Products and Technology 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 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.
Charlie is a data geek with more than 20 years of experience bringing data out of the shadows to drive business value. He is a big data evangelist and recently led the development of Autodesk’s data platform built to support their migration to subscription and the cloud. Previously he ran a start-up focused on databases and tools for government agencies and utilities.
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. Chris Dunn was the medical director for northern California Critical Care Transport for the ambulance company AMR for 20 years. Over the last 25 years he has been investing his time and expertise in medically related startup companies. He has also done medical mission work through his local church in countries of Africa, Middle East, Latin America, and South America.
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 founding Managing Director of Ascribe Capital, an advisory and investment firm. He has 20+ years of banking, investment, and strategic corporate transaction experience. He holds a Masters of Finance from Wharton Business School, is a member of the advisory board of Manhattan-based George Jackson Academy, and 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.
Kuldip Hillyer is an enterprise software/SaaS entrepreneur, mentor, and investor. Currently, Kuldip is the Founder and CEO of Kugamon, a Subscription Management application for Salesforce. Previously, Kuldip was the first hire at Zuora, and the youngest Director at Fujistu’s SaaS subsidiary, Glovia. Kuldip is also a Sales Coach for the Alchemist Accelerator, an accelerator for startups whose revenue comes from enterprises.
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.
Edmond Macaluso is an entrepreneur and investor who has founded multiple successful companies. Currently, Edmond is co-founder and President of Bobble Sports, a crowd-based fan-engagement company. Edmond is also President of NGAUGE VENTURES, LLC, a company that works primarily with seed-level startups and helps with funding, strategic planning, operational structure, contracts, and executive coaching. He prefers to serve on the board of directors or as an advisory board member. Edmond has a Business Administration certificate from UC Berkeley Extension and an MS in EECS from Texas A&M.
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.
Thomas Ng is a serial entrepreneur in Supply Chain and Real Estate Technology. He provides value-added Angel Investment in SaaS, B2B, AI, and Marketplaces. His successful track record and hands-on expertise in growing startups helps founders to take on both strategic and operational challenges, especially in growing Asian businesses into the US market.
Joseph is an accomplished technology leader and investor. He was previously a Senior AI engineer working on Autonomous Vehicles at Lyft. Prior to Lyft, he founded Terminal.com, a cloud container infrastructure innovator, which was acquired by Udacity. He started his career early at Facebook, as the Tech Lead for News Feed on the iPhone, launching FB native autoplaying videos. He holds an AB in Computer Science from Princeton University. He has invested in a number startups such as Lyft, SpaceX, Palantir, Brave, and SkyRyse.
Naeem Raza is ex CEO of Annams Systems Corporation/Sunflower Systems that he founded in 1992 and was sold to a public company in 2019. Prior experiences include working at Oracle Corporation as Consulting Manager and as Sr. Section Manager for McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing). Naeem holds MS degrees in Computer Science and Systems Management from Florida Institute of Technology. In addition, Naeem also has a MBA and a BA in Economics and Sociology.
James Riseman is a Silicon Valley software veteran, with 20 years of leadership experience in products, marketing, and technology, with leading companies like Cisco WebEx, New Relic, Nuance Communications, and MicroStrategy. James has also experienced Silicon Valley as a start-up co-founder with RealtyJoin. James has a Master and Bachelors degree from the University of Michigan.
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.
Javaid I. Sheikh, M.D. is a Professor Emeritus at Stanford and has been an Angel Investor for more than three decades. Amongst many success stories, notable ones have been as seed investor and Scientific Advisory Board member in the largest online supplement business, and as seed investor and board member in AntWorks, a leader in Intelligent Enterprise Platforms.
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 board member to several startups, he was named to Silicon Valley’s “40 Under 40” list, and won the EY 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 founded StockMaster.com, the first financial service on the web, in 1993, and most recently served as CTO of Rocket Fuel. He is currently 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.
Will Walker is a manufacturer and an investor. He is the CEO of two companies, Walker Forge and Precision Thermal Processing. Will also heads up Forge Investors, a family office located in Milwaukee Wisconsin. Will holds a BA in Economics from the University of Wisconsin and a JD from Northwestern University School of Law.
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.
Matthias Weber has over 25 years of experience in insurance. He served as Group Chief Underwriting Officer and member of the Group Executive Committee of Swiss Re. Matthias holds a master’s in physics and a PhD in natural sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland.
Gunther Wobser has been based in Palo Alto (Silicon Valley/USA) and Wuerzburg (Germany). He has been running LAUDA (www.lauda.de) for more than 20 years and is the CEO and main shareholder of the group. He is also an active angel investor (www.mango.ventures) and member of the Band of Angels, Silicon Valley’s oldest seed funding organization.
Brian Wong, MD, PhD is a physician/scientist with over 20 years of experience leading organizations at the forefront of innovative drug development. He currently is CEO of RAPT Therapeutics, a “Fierce 15″ biotherapeutics company focused on novel treatments of cancer and inflammation. Dr. Wong received his M.D. from the Weill Cornell Medical College and his Ph.D. in Immunology from The Rockefeller University.