Six members serve for rotating terms on the Life Science/Biotech Screening Committee. These members represent many of the subdivisions within this industry including Pharmaceuticals & Therapeutics, Medical Device & Instrumentation, Drug Discoveries, Diagnostics and Healthcare Services.
Seven members serve for rotating terms as the Chairperson for Band of Angels’ Special Industry Groups. These members represent many of the high tech divisions within the Band including, LS/Biotech, Energy/Cleantech, Telecom/Security, Software, Internet as well as the many various Social Activities of the Band.
Larry Kelly/Gary Bjorklund
Band members are generally former or current high tech executives interested in investing their time and money into startups. Eleven members serve for rotating twelve-month terms on the Member Selection Committee.
To learn more about a member of the screening committee click on their names to the right.
Dr. Ian Sobieski, is a founder and managing director of the Band of Angels Fund, L.P., a $50M venture fund raised in 1999 exclusively from major institutions, and has helped lead the Band of Angels since 1997. Immediately prior to joining the Band, Ian served as an executive and director at internet start-up Evite.com and in engineering positions at medical device company Enact Health Management and Kaman Aerospace. Ian has managed more than 40 direct investments totaling $30M, has served on fourteen boards of directors, and currently serves on three. He has a Ph.D. and M.S. in Aeronautics from Stanford University, a B.A. degree in Philosophy and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Tech. Ian is a founding board member of the Angel Capital Association and is a member of the Young Venture Capitalists Association, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the National Ski Patrol. He is the author of a dozen technical publications and is an appointed Lecturer in the Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology at the University of California at Berkeley, where he teaches a course in Entrepreneurial Finance.
The Band of Angels is managed by a permanent staff and many value added services are contributed by providers in the community. To learn more about staff members click on their names below.
Ian Patrick Sobieski
Managing Director & Coordinator
Chief Financial Officer
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