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Christian Dahlen

Christian Dahlen is an active angel investor and Vice President of Portfolio Planning at SAP. During his tenure at SAP he has managed the portfolio of all in house developed strategic software initiatives, has driven marketing and sales programs for emerging markets and products, and has helped launch SAP’s Global Business Incubator to better capitalize on new market opportunities. His angel investment portfolio revolves enterprise related software. Areas of particular interest: B2C2B, network applications and IIoT. Christian was Vice President and founding General Manager of the Internet and Phone business at Kabel Deutschland, Germany’s largest cable operator, where the rapid growth of the business helped lay the foundation for the successful IPO of the company. Previously, Christian drove business development for Excite@Home's international joint ventures. He joined Excite@Home from McKinsey & Company.

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Jaleh Daie

Dr. Jaleh Daie has enjoyed a rich and rewarding career with impactful contributions in both public and private sectors including business, foundations, academia, government and NGOs. She has had the honor of serving the administrations of three Presidents and has been recognized through many awards including induction into the inaugural class of Women in Technology International Hall of Fame. A noted life scientist, Jaleh has gained uncommon depth and breadth of skill sets in addition to technical expertise, especially strategic thinking and financial and capital markets expertise. Jaleh is currently managing partner at Aurora Equity, investing in early stage start-ups across a broad range of technologies and consumer products. Previously, she was head of science and engineering at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation (at the time, the largest foundation) where she provided executive and technical direction for a $120 million annual budget and funded a diversified S&T portfolio including the coveted David Packard Fellowships. Jaleh started her career in academic; at Rutgers University and University of Wisconsin-Madison. At UW-Madison, she was professor and senior science advisor to president of UW System (26 campuses). While there she took a sabbatical in Washington, DC and served as science liaison to the President’s National Science & Technology Council working across all federal S&T agencies. She worked on Presidential initiatives and served as special assistant to the Chief Scientist at NOAA, US Department of Commerce. At Rutgers, she achieved rank of full professor in six years (average is 10-12 years), was named Henry Rutgers Research Fellow, elected chairman of her department (first woman in her field), founded and served as chief executive of a major multidisciplinary center with 27 lead scientists and as well as director of a university-wide graduate program with 45 lead scientists. At one point she was managing three independent operational units –for one of which she was the conceptual architect and another the outcome of her driving the integration and consolidation of several programs--- in addition to simultaneously managing her own successful research operation. Jaleh has served in various roles on several boards among which are: A6 Corporation, Nokia Innovent, Investigen, Linkore, LightFull Foods, nine consecutive years on the Selection Panel for the White House Fellows (nine consecutive years under two Presidents), chairman of the board of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents (Washington, DC with aggregate membership of over one million) and President of the national Association for Women in Science (over 40 chapters nationwide). In addition, she has served on the board of directors of the CRDF Global (WDC, Finance/Investment committee, chair of Nomination), board of Governors of the Commonwealth Club of California (Finance Committee, Chair of Gala Dinner), Treasurer (Exec.committee) and board director at the Space Foundation (Colorado Spring), trustee of the World Affairs Council (CA), Future Committee of the Tech Museum in San Jose, treasurer of the Legacy Foundation (CA), board director at Sigma Xi (NC), Dean’s Advisory Council at UC-Davis College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Kilby International Awards (Texas) and many other panels in biotechnology, entrepreneurship, women in science, water/food/agriculture and women’s health areas. Jaleh has enjoyed extensive international engagements through collaboration in eight countries, numerous presentations including the Biotechnology Distinguished Speaker in South Africa. Her other awards include: Teksia Lifetime Achievement Award; honorary doctorate from Dominican University; Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science; “25 Smartest Who Make a Difference” and The Scientist’s list of “Leaders of Science”.

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Harry Davitian

Harry Davitian is President of Entek Power Services, Inc. which he founded in 1980. Entek began as a consulting company, primarily providing services to the independent power industry. Over time, Entek morphed into a developer of large conventional and renewable power projects which it initiated. Currently Entek has financial interests in an operating 350 MW gas power plant as well as in two plants under development: a 550 MW gas power plant on Long Island and a 300 MW solar PV project in the Mojave Desert. In his early career, Mr. Davitian performed energy technology assessments and energy policy analyses and oversaw the development of innovative methods for analyzing how renewable resources would affect electric utility costs and operations. In the 1990’s, Mr. Davitian served as an advisor to the Minister of Energy of the Republic of Armenia. Mr. Davitian recently moved from Long Island to the Bay Area. While living in New York, Mr. Davitian served on the boards of half a dozen business, trade and environmental organizations, two of which he helped to get started. Here in the Bay Area, he serves on the Advocacy Council of the Santa Rosa Metro Chamber of Commerce.

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Etienne Deffarges

Present: Board Member, Accumen, a fast growing health care (HC) Lab transformation company – audit and compensation committees; Alain Ducasse Enterprises, over 30 restaurants worldwide with 20+ Michelin stars; ConXtech, a revolutionary modular building company, allowing much quicker, safer and greener construction for data centers, HC and industrial facilities –audit and strategy committees; Fruit Street, telehealth SaaS and wearables for wellness medicine; Co-Founder and Operating Partner, Chicago Pacific Founders, a $400M private equity fund focusing on HC delivery providers; Board Advisor, AEye (Robotics and aerospace) and NG1 Technologies (Clean Tech).
2004 - 2014: Vice-Chairman and member of the founding management team of Accretive Health. Company launched in 2004 with $17M of committed capital. Company was cash flow positive after $4M deployed. Took Accretive Health public on the NYSE in May 2010 at $1.2 B exit. Launched company's Advisory Board chaired by Senator Bill Frist. Established Accretive Health as an Industry Shaping Global Growth Partner with the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
1999 - 2004: Global Managing Partner of Utilities Practice; member of the Executive Committee and Global Management Council at Accenture. Participated in company’s IPO in 2001 at $14 B valuation. Created new, worldwide $750 M Revenue Cycle business for Utilities within 2 years. First Global Market Maker at Accenture: negotiated several $1+ Billion multi-year deals successfully. Founded Accenture's Energy Advisory Board chaired by Secretary George Shultz.
1985 - 1999: Senior Partner and Global Practice Leader, Energy, Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals; member of the Executive Committee and Leadership Team at Booz Allen & Hamilton. Advised several governments on energy policies and privatizations, in Asia and South America.
1980 - 1983: General Field Engineer, Schlumberger, in Argentina; Brazil; Peru; and Venezuela.
President, Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of NC; Band of Angels (Clean Tech & HC).
Harvard MBA, Baker Scholar; MS Civil Engineering, UC Berkeley, French Government Fellow;
BS/MS, ISAE-France’s Institute of Aeronautics & Aerospace; ISAE “Ambassador:” Created alliances for MS / PhD programs with UC Berkeley and Stanford; Private Pilot; Fluent in five languages.

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Thomas Dittler

Thomas Dittler holds a Master Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and a Master Degree in International Business Studies from the University of South Carolina. He has an Advanced Certificate in Strategy, Innovation and Leadership from MIT Sloan. After selling his 50% interest in IABG, a German technology company, in 2010, Thomas has been running Dittler Industriebeteiligungen GmbH (DIBG), his private equity firm. He serves on a number of boards and takes on management roles in startups and turn-a-round cases. DIBG has a subsidiary in Silicon Valley, Efficient Technologies Development, Inc. in Mountain View, CA. Mr Dittler started his business career in 1987 working as Systems Engineer at Dornier, Munich, Germany and continued as Government Affairs Analyst at Boeing, Seattle, USA. He then was a partner at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in Munich, Germany, working also in USA and Italy. He co-founded the VC firm Centennium, Munich, before engaging in the leveraged buy-out of IABG as managing director in 2002. Thomas has a personal commitment to lifelong learning, sustainable living and new ventures. He is a member of the Rotary Clubs Munich East and Mountain View. He enjoys water and mountain sports with his wife Andrea (Art Historian: East Asia) and two sons two sons, Leo (10 grade, active rower) and Ludwig (11 grade, active fencer). They live in Schondorf am Ammersee and have a residence in Mountain View, CA.

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Jim Diller, Jr.

Jim Diller has spent most of his career in various management positions at National Semiconductor in the Analog Division. After National Jim started a small analog company that later was sold to Micrel Semiconductor. Jim is currently a partner at Venture Tech Alliance, which is the investment management company of TSMC. Jim is on the board of Mach Energy, Powervation, Stion and a board observer at Aquantia, and Bridgelux.

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Thomas Driscoll

Tom Driscoll‘s interest in game changing technologies has led him to invest in innovative startups addressing climate change, an issue he passionate about. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors of SunSynchrony, a revolutionary solar startup. He is an investor in Brillouin Energy in Berkeley, and is working there to create the first commercially viable Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (AKA Cold Fusion). Tom has been active as a volunteer for SF Electric Vehicle Association and Calcars.org to promote plug-in electric vehicles, and assisted in converting the first Priuses to plug-in hybrids. He was the Senior Design Consultant for Akeena Solar from 2004 to 2011. Previously, he was co- founder, owner, and COO of Tubes Jewelry from 1987 to 2004. He managed the production, administration and sales force, as well as contributing to the design and materials sourcing. From 1984-86, Tom worked as a commercial mortgage broker. He was VP of Sales & Marketing for Xoodl, Inc., a Vermont toy manufacturer in 1980-81. Tom’s interest in the environment spurred him to design and build a passive solar and wind powered home in Vermont in 1974. He attended the Dynamy Program in Worcester, MA, and Goddard College, in Plainfield, VT, where he studied Art & Photography.

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Cindy Du

Cindy Du has over 15 years of corporate finance and accounting experience in a variety of commercial settings, ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Currently she is serving as the Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors for RotaCare Bay Area, Inc., a 501(c)3 health care organization. Previously she worked as Corporate Controller at Intematix Corp., an LED material manufacturing company. Cindy received her MBA from the University of South Alabama and is also a licensed California CPA. She lives in Saratoga with her husband Bill and enjoys climbing tall snowy mountains all over the world.

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John Dugan

After five action packed years as a corporate attorney with Venture Law Group and Orrick (first deal was literally the Pets.com IPO), John Dugan stepped into his favorite client Kiva Systems (robotic supply chain automation) as employee #22. Serving as VP Business Operations, John built and led the finance, HR, IS and legal teams as revenue grew from zero to well over $100m with 55% gross margins and positive cash flow. Kiva’s unique mix of powerful software driving thousands of robots completely automating dozens of national distribution centers fired John’s passion for disruptive technology and systems based companies. Kiva Systems was acquired by Amazon in 2012 returning 24x money-on- money to stockholders. John is now sharing his experience as an advisor and investor in several early stage technology companies and pursuing his interest in real estate investment as a principal at Bulldog Capital. Earlier in his career, John served as a Captain in the U.S. Army and worked as an Operations Manager at Stryker Endoscopy, a medical device company. John is also a lucky husband and proud father of three. When not working he enjoys landscape photography, coaching youth football, cycling and the occasional game of poker. John holds a B.S. from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.

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Jim Eakin

Jim Eakin is a highly experienced IP attorney located in Menlo Park. He has several decades of experience in patent prosecution, formulating IP strategy, and IP litigation. While he has has in the past represented both Fortune 500 companies and start-ups as the founding partner of the Silicon Valley office of McDermott, Will & Emery, in 2005 he left behind the politics of big firms and now limits his practice to startups in which he has invested. Start-ups that Jim has worked with include Wyse Technology, AVE, Nuvomedia, Logitech, Peloton, DynaOptics, and too many others to remember them all. Jim began angel investing in the 1980's and has had a number of successful exits. He derives significant personal satisfaction from mentoring the companies that he has invested in, and gives a considerable amount of time to this activity. He also enjoys helping entrepreneurs tune their funding message in advance of their presentation to investors, which frequently includes conducting thorough pre-due diligence as well as leading syndication efforts for select start- ups. Jim received his EE degree from UC Berkeley, and his JD from UCLA.

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Bret Engelkemier

Bret Engelkemier is based in Sacramento and is the International Treasurer for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and co-chair of MSF’s Finance, Audit and Risk Standing Committee. He is an active angel investor, and both a member and board director of Sacramento Angels, a group that invests in start-up companies in California, and a past member of the Space Angel Network.  Prior to moving to California, Engelkemier founded an advisory firm specializing in strategic and tactical advisory services, product development, and business restructuring after a career at Citigroup as Managing Director in the Global Equities business from 1995-2008. At Citigroup, Engelkemier was involved in a number of acquisitions and investments for the Global Equity business.  Through these investments, he served as Citigroup’s representative on the board of the Boston Options Exchange and the Philadelphia Stock Exchange.  Early in his career, Engelkemier lived for 10 years in Japan, first as a guest researcher at the Communications Research Laboratory in Tokyo before joining Salomon Brothers in the mid-1990ss.  He holds a B.S. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a M.S. degree from the University of Texas at Austin, each in aerospace engineering.

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Herman Eul

Dr. Herman Eul is a seasoned leader in high tech and business, based in Silicon Valley and Munich, with wide international business background. He was a senior executive in the semiconductor industry where he pioneered the approach of complete system solutions. Dr. Eul was Corporate VP at Intel where he finished the integration of Intel’s Mobile and Communications Group, setting and executing the strategy for all Intel’s wireless businesses. He integrated 4,000 employees into Intel and harmonized four different business groups. Prior to Intel, he was CTO and CMO at Infineon Technologies as a member of the Executive Board. He was in the senior leadership team when Infineon was carved out from Siemens and became a DAX30 stock market listed company; leading a comprehensive operational business with 3,500 employees through the carve out from Infineon and getting it up running as a stand-alone Intel subsidiary. Dr. Eul is presently on the Boards of Knowles Corp., Tactual Labs Co., and Redpine Signals Inc. in the US, as well as Valens Semi Ltd. in Israel. He is a Senior Advisor to Digital+ Partners in Munich, and is also a Member of NACD, the US National Association of Corporate Directors. His interests are in helping great technologies become a great business, be that as a director, advisor, coach, or investor. If time is left on his calendar, he likes to fly airplanes.

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John Ferrell

John Ferrell is a founding partner of Carr & Ferrell LLP, one of Silicon Valley's foremost technology law firms (founded 1992), and specializes in patent and intellectual property law matters. He is the Chair of the firm's Intellectual Property Practice Group. Mr. Ferrell's practice focuses on helping emerging and mid-sized companies create market monopolies by organizing and leveraging intellectual property assets. In addition, Mr. Ferrell's practice includes patent opinion and litigation analysis, as well as trademark, copyright and trade secret matters. As a leading Menlo Park patent attorney, Mr. Ferrell has represented companies in a variety of fields, including semiconductors, communications, computers, software, social networking, wireless, bioengineering, and eco-engineering. Mr. Ferrell holds a BS and MS in electrical engineering. Distinguished by his demonstrated technical and legal expertise, Mr. Ferrell has been noted in the Silicon Valley Business Journal list of Who's Who in Silicon Valley and Northern California's Super Lawyers. He was also listed by the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of California's top Rainmakers, by San Jose Magazine as one of Silicon Valley's top Legal Eagles, and by San Francisco Magazine as one of Northern California's top lawyers. Additionally, under his leadership, the firm was recently recognized by Corporate Counsel Magazine as a "Go to Law Firm for Intellectual Property." Mr. Ferrell has received an AV® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell® (a representation of the highest level of professional excellence). Over the past decade, Mr. Ferrell has presented and spoken about patent and intellectual property issues at both legal and technology business forums around the globe. Mr. Ferrell is a licensed airline transport pilot and flight instructor. Mr. Ferrell’s investment areas include cyber security, networking, internet, semiconductors & tech. He is on the lookout for creative design companies that make computers & other consumer devices easier to use.

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Eric Filseth

Eric Filseth has 27 years’ product marketing and management experience in the semiconductor and technical software industry. He was CEO of Ciranova, Inc. from September 2007 until the company’s acquisition by Synopsys (NASDAQ: SNPS) in July 2012. Prior to joining Ciranova he worked at four different startups, two of which were acquired by Cadence Design Systems, where he spent many years, most recently as Corporate VP Marketing for Digital products from 2001 to 2007. Eric started his career in 1983 as an analog design engineer with National Semiconductor. He received an MBA from UCLA and a BS Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

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Markus Flierl

Markus Flierl is a longtime technology innovator and currently responsible for strategy and product development of private and public cloud infrastructure and storage software at Oracle. Prior to that he was in charge of infrastructure software development at Sun Microsystems. Before joining Sun, Markus spent two and a half years working as a management consultant at McKinsey & Co in Munich, Germany. He worked with a number of clients on a broad range of engagements ranging from product strategy to Go-to-Market and operational efficiency in the high-tech, automotive and chemical industry. Markus holds an M.S. (Dipl.-Ing.) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany. He did his Master’s Thesis at the Center for Design Research at Stanford. Markus has also been active as a private angel, as well as a real estate investor.

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K. Michael Forrest

K. Michael Forrest is Founder and Chairman of Apex Bioventures, LLC, a private investment and consulting company focusing on emerging companies in the healthcare industry. Mr. Forrest has over 40 years of biotech and large pharma experience in top management, strategic planning, M&A, business development, marketing and sales in US and international markets. Mr. Forrest has served as CEO and as a Board Director at four US Biopharma companies. He has extensive contacts in the financial community, and is experienced in fund raising with Wall Street bankers, hedge funds, institutional investors and venture capitalists. From 2005-2009, Mr. Forrest was Co-Founder, President and COO of Apex Bioventures Acquisition Corporation, a Special Purpose Acquisition Corporation that raised $69M in an Amex IPO. The company’s management team was comprised of highly experienced healthcare industry CEOs, strategic planners, and prominent scientists who examined over 300 US healthcare companies as potential acquisition targets using highly rigorous selection criteria. From 1991-2004, Mr. Forrest was President and CEO of US biotech companies encompassing the areas of gene discovery, gene activation, gene therapy, genomics, and specialty biopharmaceuticals. He raised over $97 million from US and European institutions through a secondary offering, seven self directed PIPES, and several out-licensing agreements and 3 acquisitions. Previously, Mr. Forrest occupied various senior management and marketing positions with Pfizer and Lederle, where he was VP of worldwide Strategic Planning, VP Lederle Laboratories with responsibility the company’s $495M branded and generic businesses in the US, and VP Lederle International where he was instrumental in growing the Company’s European and Japanese businesses from $230M to approximately $1B in sales over a period of just under seven years. Mr. Forrest holds B.S. in Business Administration from Georgetown University with concentrations in International Marketing, Economics, and Finance. His past military awards include: The Air Medal, 5th Oak Leaf Cluster, and US Army, Vietnam.


Randy Fowler

Randy Fowler is the founder of Identix, Inc., former Chairman, President and CEO of Identix, former Chairman of International Biometrics Association. He is on the Board of Electronic Health Plans, as well as the Board of Advisors for the University of Louisville and Rembrandt Venture Partners. Doctorate Engineering from Stanford; MS Engineering from Arizona State; BS from University of Louisville. Patents on electro-optical techniques for fingerprint analysis as well as on stability of Spacecraft systems and altitude control.

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Brian Frenzel

Brian Frenzel is a private investor and advisor to life science companies. His management experience includes co-founding and serving as CEO at Centaur Pharmaceuticals, a neurodegenerative disease pharmaceutical company (acquired by Renovis, NASDAQ: RNVS), Vesta Medical, a medical device company (acquired by Pfizer, NYSE:PFE), Adeza Biomedical, a specialty diagnostics company (NASDAQ:ADZA, acquired by Cytyc, NASDAQ:CYTC), and co-founder and COO/CFO of Genelabs Technologies, a biotechnology company (NASDAQ:GNLB). Prior to entering the startup company arena, Mr. Frenzel was the Director of Corporate Planning at Syntex Corporation, a Principal at Booz, Allen & Hamilton, a Consultant at the Boston Consulting Group and a Lieutenant in the United States Navy Nuclear Power Program. Mr. Frenzel holds a BS in physics and an MBA from Stanford University. Brian continues to be active in the pharmaceutical discovery and development arena, serving as interim CEO of Tosk, Inc., an oncology drug discovery and development company focusing on new drugs which block the adverse effects of existing chemotherapies and radiation therapy, Board member of SanBio, Inc. (TSE:4592), which develops cell therapies for recovery of function in patients suffering disability from neurodegenerative diseases such as stroke and traumatic brain injury; and an advisor to several early stage companies medical products companies.


Richard Galpin

Richard Galpin has over 25 years of experience with high-tech start-up companies mostly in international management positions, These include companies such as Apollo Computer, going public in 1983 and later acquired by HP; ArcSoft/SoftDesk, acquired by Autodesk; and Recourse Technologies, acquired by Symantec. Richard has also started several companies, including an Internet services company successfully acquired in 1999, along with some failures as well. In these roles Richard has lived and worked in many countries including the UK, Italy, USA, Singapore, and Japan. Richard has been actively involved in making private placements for the last 8 years with a current portfolio of companies in the US, UK, Japan, and Taiwan. Richard is currently assisting two of these companies, Arestream and DriveSentry, enter the Japanese market. Aerstream's product cleans and freshens the air in offices and homes, and is particularly effective at removing smoke, dust mites, pet dander and other allergens. DriveSentry has developed a security product with the potential to obsolete anti-virus, but with other applications including protecting flash memory drives, PDAs and mobile phones from attack. Richard received his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Physics in London, UK, and did research at several organizations including EURATOM. During his academic career in research Richard was a Member of the Institute of Physics and a Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in the UK. Richard also attended the Management Development Program at CIT.

George Gardner 

George Gardner is an active investor and advisor in healthcare and wellness. He has over 20 years of experience with some of the leading healthcare payers, providers, pharmaceutical, and telcom organizations as an executive and management consultant.  He has designed, launched, and managed numerous new ventures and strategies encompassing digital health, population health management, big data, IoT, payment reform, and new business models (e.g. with Kaiser, Aetna, CHI, TracFone, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation). He also ran an internet incubator (Pop Ventures) and has stood-up innovation groups for large organizations (AT&T, KPMG) – connecting the dots between innovative startups and legacy organizations.  Most recently helping a large global organization identify and game-plan around trends and forces that may significantly impact their business, such as AI, automation, blockchain, big data, crypto-currency, digitization, fintech, new workforce dynamics, and sustainability. His recent investments and advisory portfolio addresses behavioral health and addiction, new health coverage models and patient financing, and assetization of the benefits of good health (the Mars shot). Prior to diving into healthcare, he worked in private equity and helped craft and launch one of the largest IPOs on the NYSE (PartnerRe).  He also ran a $450M portfolio of mixed assets (fixed-income and derivatives) utilizing trading algorithms. George has an MBA in Finance from New York University and a B.S. degree in Environmental Design from UC Berkeley.  He is an amateur archaeologist and has also invested in the wine industry – just to relax and recalibrate perspective.

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Michael Geilhufe

Michael Geilhufe is an entrepreneurial semiconductor business leader and emerging company investor. He served as Chairman of Advanced Radio Cells and serves as Director of Azalea Microelectonics, Inc and NovoStent Corporation. He has broad experience creating and managing profitable international technology businesses. He is Co-founder and was a Senior Executive of the public company Information Storage Devices. Previously as Intel Executive from 1972-87 he managed Business Development, International Manufacturing, Memory Development and Quality organizations. He holds a BSEE from UC Berkeley, MSEE from CSU Long Beach, and an MBA from Santa Clara University. The interdisciplinary application of semiconductor, wireless, information and biotechnology to real life problems is of particular interest.

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Steve Getsy

Steve Getsy is The Founder and CEO of On-Line Ventures®, an investment and development firm founded in 1993 and focused on emerging growth companies that utilize on-line technologies to solve business problems, increase productivity/reduce costs, and/or create new business opportunities. Steve has over 40 years experience in the information technology industry with leading companies such as IBM (NYSE:IBM), ADP (NYSE:ADP) and FiServ (NASDAQ:FISV). At IBM, Steve was a Senior Technical Analyst at IBM’s Research and Development Laboratories in Yorktown Heights, NY. With a mission of bringing laboratory proven technologies to market, Steve was instrumental in developing a number of leading edge products and services including the first Automated Voice Response System (sorry!) which was recently featured at The Smithsonian. Steve left IBM with 4 other systems engineers to start Automatic Remote Computer Services (ARCS) which developed the first automated online back office system for Wall Street Firms. ARCS was sold to ADP where Steve enjoyed a 15+ year career first as an online technology executive specializing in bringing laboratory tested technology to market, then running a number of ADP’s Strategic Business Units, and finally becoming a Corporate Vice President. In 1984 Steve joined FiServ, then a private management buyout company as Executive Vice President for Marketing and Sales. Steve helped take the company through its IPO in 1986 and grow the company into the multibillion dollar company it is today. As an entrepreneur, Steve has been on the team that started 3 successful companies: ARCS mentioned above, Internet Capital Group (NASDAQ:ICGE - IPO) and On-Line Ventures® (OLV). At OLV, Steve has helped fund and develop over forty private emerging stage companies with 6 achieving successful IPO's and a number of other successful exits. A few of the leading companies include Netcom (NASDAQ:NETC - IPO), Exodus (NASDAQ:EXDS - IPO), Daleen Technologies (NASDAQ:DALN - IPO), Freemarkets/Ariba (NASDAQ:FMKT/ARBA - IPO), WiseWire (sold to Lycos) and MatchLogic (sold to Excite), and most recently BorderFree (NASDAQ:BRDR – IPO). Steve graduated with a BS degree in Mathematics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, completed his MS in Computer Science at New York University and has an Executive MBA from Columbia Business School. Steve resides in Florida but spends a fair amount of time in our area.

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Abhi Gholap

Abhijeet (Abhi) Gholap has 20 years experience in the digital health industry. He strongly believes that pharmaceutical, life science R&D, and medical device organizations have the opportunity to align their business goals with the needs of their consumers—the adoption of new processes and a digital technology infrastructure will be essential to avoid obsolescence and truly make an impact on patient care. Abhi was a senior executive at Siemens Medical Systems before he began his entrepreneurial stint. His first venture in molecular diagnostics imaging, BioImagene, was acquired by Roche Diagnostics in 2010 for $100M. Later, he founded several digital health companies including: OptraHEALTH (medical devices, image informatics, and knowledge automation), iPhronesis (machine learning based clinical genomics and evidence based medicine), and OptraSCAN (digital microscopy systems in collaboration with the Government of India). Abhi has 13 international patents to his credit and is co-author of several scientific publications in the life sciences space. He was a Charter Member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Silicon Valley where he was Chair of the Digital Health SIG. Abhi is medical advisory member for Frost & Sullivan. He has won several awards including: Frost & Sullivan Technology Leadership Award (2016), Silicon Valley Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2015), State Innovation Award (2014), Deloitte Business Leadership Award (2013), and other industrial leadership awards globally. Abhi has invested in various medical devices and data driven healthcare businesses. In 2010, he founded Devisha Films, a film and media business in Mumbai, India which won a National Film Award for Best Feature Film (2011). Devisha Films is known for Marathi films, such as Deool (The Temple), Bhartiya (An Indian), Hou de Jara Sa Ushir, Maat, and Headline. In 2015, in memory of his beloved late parents, Abhi founded the "Jiji-Bhau Cancer Foundation" with an aim to help leukemia patients financially, medically, and emotionally. He is married to Dr. Gauri Naik, a biotechnologist, and they have two daughters. Abhi is alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay with specialization in Biomedical Engineering.

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Dan Gilbert

Dan Gilbert is ramping San Francisco-based mobile startup BeeBell, serving as COO, while serving on the Board of Directors of Boston- based Synchrony Innovations and the Belgian consumer video service DVDPost. Dan also advises other companies in which he has invested, including Entytle, Peloton Interactive, and Tro?v, with a focus on deploying processes, systems, and teams to support rapid growth. Dan was born and raised near Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. After graduating from MIT, he started his career in management consulting with McKinsey & Company and A.T. Kearney, later holding leadership positions at leading technology companies including Webvan, Palm, Cisco Systems, and Flextronics. Dan served as the Executive Vice President of Operations and Customer Service at Barnes & Noble, helping to drive the company’s expansion into digital reading. Dan led the supply chain for the NOOK® product line, spanning new product introduction, sourcing, manufacturing, distribution, and customer service. Dan has been an active member of the Band of Angels since 2009 and serves as a Limited Partner in the Acorn Fund. He sits on the MIT Corporation's Visiting Committee for the Social Sciences and on the Advisory Board of the Silicon Valley Institute for Regenerative Medicine (www.svirm.org). He lives in Portola Valley, California with his wife, son, and daughter.

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Garrett Gilbertson 

Garrett Gilbertson is an entrepreneur, venture partner, Afghan War veteran, and former USAF Captain. He has cross-functional leadership experience running business development, finance, and product teams in aerospace and defense, consumer products, cybersecurity, and fin-tech. During his Air Force career, Garrett served as a procurement contracting officer and was responsible for negotiating, awarding, or administering $2.4 billion in government contracts (primarily space systems).  Garrett received his B.Sc. in Management from the United States Air Force Academy (Honors) and M.Sc. in Entrepreneurship from Pepperdine University where he was recognized in 2013 as the Outstanding Student in Entrepreneurship from the Graziadio School of Business and Management. While serving in Afghanistan he was responsible for 439 construction contracts totaling $224M. He was recognized by Brigadier General Blake as the Outstanding Contracting Flight Chief and was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal. Garrett is a partner of Caltech's Computer and Mathematical Science Department through Serenify, a startup he founded. He also led product development for an enterprise software company, Visual Technology, in conjunction with Carnegie Mellon University's Masters of Human Computer Interaction program. Currently, Garrett works with Tech Coast Angels ACE Fund, BLD Ventures, and as the founder of Startup Mavericks where he advises and invests in early stage tech companies. He currently works with: a passwordless authentication solution, a gamified credit improvement and lending app, a portable cybersecurity solution, and a mindfulness platform. Garrett’s greatest strength is his ability to turn complex problems into actionable steps that drive growth. He volunteers his time by mentoring at Stubbs Alderton Markiles Pre- accelerator Program and is passionate about helping startups succeed. He is currently looking for opportunities to invest in social entrepreneurship.

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Norm Gitis

Former Founder & CEO of two successful Silicon Valley based startups in the field of lab test instrumentation, both with very positive M&A exits to major corporations. Full-time super-angel investor since 2012. Chairman of the Boards of Directors of 2 medtech startups in Silicon Valley; Observer on the Board of Directors of a medtech startup in Boston.

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Katherine Glassey

Katherine Glassey is an accomplished entrepreneur and board member who has led technology companies from start-up through IPO. She has worked to inspire rapid growth in enterprise analytics software, life science instrumentation, consumer-facing B2C, and two-sided marketplace ventures. On both sides of the table, she has secured venture funding, negotiated strategic partnerships, and structured multiple acquisitions and exits. Katherine was Co-founder of Brio Technology (BRIO/Hyperion:HYSL/Oracle:ORCL) and grew it from a 2 person start-up to a $160M+ annual revenue public business intelligence company. She was VP Strategic Marketing of the Software Global Business Unit at Hewlett Packard. Katherine was CEO of Aurora SFC Systems and co-founded the company to design, manufacture, market and sell a high-performance ‘green’ scientific chromatography instrument to the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies.  Katherine was CEO and Founder of LightScan Technologies, a medical device business around unique laser imaging technology for diagnostic micro-endoscopic camera. Since 2013, Katherine has been advising startups including select founders at the Women’s Startup Lab and Singularity University.

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Brian Goler

Brian Goler is an entrepreneur and active angel investor. He served as Vice President of Marketing at oDesk. Brian has more than 15 years of management experience spanning several online communities and publishing businesses. Brian co-founded and launched YorZ, an online community dedicated to helping people advance their careers. He held several senior positions at LookSmart including Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Senior Vice President of Product since January 2001 and Vice President of Product. He was also co-founder of Zeal Media and served as its Chief Executive Officer from January 1999 to October 2000. He served as a Consultant with McKinsey & Company. Brian holds an A.B. degree in Chemistry from Harvard College and an M.S. in Economics from the London School of Economics.

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Jon Golovin

Dr. Jonathan Golovin is the Chairman, CEO and co-founder of Retail Solutions. Retail Solutions works with over 500 Consumer Products companies around the world to help them collaborate with their retailer partners. It processes data from over 100 retailers and 150,000 stores daily to ensure the right products are in the right stores at the right price. It has won numerous awards for its rapid growth and innovation Previously, Jon was the founder and Chairman of Consilium Inc., the largest independent Manufacturing Execution System (MES) Company (now Applied Materials). Jon is considered the father of MES and was the recipient of the 2000 SEMI Award for his contributions. Consilium products were implemented in over 25 countries and 25 industries, including 60% of all semiconductor fabrication plants, and 10 of the top pharmaceutical and healthcare companies in the world. Consilium went public in 1989 and was acquired by Applied Materials in 1998. Consilium was selected as one of the 100 Best Small Companies in America by Business Week and one of the 200 Best Small Companies in America by Forbes. Fortune Magazine named Workstream, Consilium's flagship product, one of the 100 Best Products in America. Jon is the founder of Vigilance, the leading event management company. Its customers included global Fortune 500 companies such as Pfizer, HP, Sara Lee, Shell Oil and BP-Castrol. In 2001, he was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for emerging companies. In addition to founding Consilium, Vigilance and Retail Solutions, Jon is the author of Achieving Stretch Goals, published by Prentice Hall. He holds a B.S. from Cornell University and a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Nuno Goncalves Pedro 

Nuno Goncalves Pedro is the Partner co-leading Delta Partners’ digital practice in San Francisco, specifically working in Delta's Investment and Corporate Finance units. Delta Partners has investment in several companies such as ItsOn, CipherCloud, jawbone, Opanga Networks, among several others. Currently, Nuno also serves as either an independent or investor board member for various mobile players, including social networks, gaming studios and productivity tool developers. Prior to that, Nuno was the managing partner, co-founder and CEO of Strive Capital, a quantitative early-stage venture capital fund focused on consumer mobile. Strive’s portfolio includes companies such as Enish (IPO), everpix (Sold), AppAnnie, KeepSafe, among others. He is still responsible for managing Strive Capital's current fund. Before Strive Capital, Nuno was the Senior Expert and member of the Asia-Pacific TMT leadership team for McKinsey and Co, focused on the entire mobile value-chain and based in Beijing, China. Prior to McKinsey and Co, he was Strategy Director for GSM Association leading strategy, business development for developed markets and corporate development. During his career of over 20 years, Nuno has worked across 35 countries. From Asia-Pacific to North America, Nuno has led corporate investments in TMT, taken responsibility for product management, marketing and data analytics, business and corporate development of companies from very small early-stage start-ups to the leading tech and telecom players of the world. Nuno is also a frequent speaker at key industry gatherings such as the Mobile World Congress and Mobile Asia Congress/Expo. He has been a member of the Jury for the Global Mobile Awards since 2007 and in 2006 he was recognised as one of the “top 26 Portuguese executives abroad”. He holds post-graduate diplomas from Wharton School at UPenn, London Business School and the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford GSB. He is also qualified as a Computer Engineer by IST at the Technical University of Lisbon.

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Gert Gremes

Gert Gremes is an Electrical Engineer from the Alps-Dolomites region of Italy. His focus is on Renewable/Solar Energy with his previous company operating in Italy, Austria and US (Los Angeles). He is currently an angel investor in Northern Italy and Silicon Valley. In 1998 Gert founded Tecno Spot Srl as a specialized distributor for photovoltaic (PV) systems. Tecno Spot strongly contributed to the distribution and development of PV products in Italy and became the Italian PV market leader. In 2008 Tecno Spot expanded to Austria and in 2009 in California. In 2011 the German group BayWa acquired Tecno Spot. Tecno Spot now is an international brand where innovation remains the primary focus, which is achieved through close collaboration with educational institutions like the Academy of Photovoltaic in Bologna. In 1999 Gert cofounded GIFI (Gruppo Imprese Fotovoltaiche Italiane – Group of Italian Photovoltaic Companies), association belonging to ANIE and Confindustria (Associazione Nazionale Imprese Elettrotecniche ed Elettroniche - the Association Confederation of Italian Industries). In 2006 he became President of GIFI and remained in that role until 2010 when he departed to accept the role of Coordinator of the Renewable Resources Group within the Energy and Markets Commission of Confindustria. Gert is a member of: The Comitato Elettrotecnico Italiano (CEI), The European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), The Network of National PV Associations (NNPVA) and Rotary International.

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Jack Guedj

Jack Guedj was CEO of Tensilica since June 2008 during which the company has risen to become the largest IP provider in the DSP IP space. Tensilica achieved a successful exit through the sale to Cadence in April 2013 where Jack is now Corp Vice President, Tensilica Products. Previously Jack was the president and CEO of Magnum Semiconductor, which Jack spun out of Cirrus Logic in 2005 (and included the merger of C-Cube mid 2007). Prior to Cirrus Logic, he was president of TVIA, a leading provider of digital display processors, and led the company's initial public offering. He also held the positions of VP of sales and marketing at Faroujda and director of digital media/residential broadband segments at National Semiconductor.

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Patrick Guerra

Patrick Guerra is the Founder and Principal, Lions Peak LLC, Co- Founder of the Global Social Benefit Incubator and Co-Founder of Encore Venture Accelerator. Pat has served in senior management, information technology, manufacturing, distribution, product management, and business development roles with Hewlett Packard, Advance Micro Devices, PSB, Ariba, and SpinCircuit, where he was President and CEO. Pat’s experience includes early stage business planning and the rapid scaling of technology based ventures. PSB was a B2B e-commerce outsourcing start up, Ariba was a pioneer, and leader in B2B e-Commerce and SpinCircuit was a pioneer in the electronics design and manufacturing space through its use of early web services technology. SpinCircuit was selected a Laureate in the Computerworld Honors Program: A Search for New Heroes--2001. He has served on the Board of Advisors to the Leavey School of Business and the Center for Logistics Management at the University of Nevada Reno and numerous early stage companies. In addition, Pat has served as the Executive Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at SCU. Pat holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics and a MBA in Operations Management and Information Systems from Santa Clara University, where he is an adjunct member of the faculty in Entrepreneurship. Pat’s groundbreaking work includes conceptualizing and co-founding the Global Social Benefit Incubator, GSBI, at Santa Clara University. The GSBI provides business plan training, mentoring, and incubation to award winning Social Entrepreneurs from around the world. His work has included equally innovative initiatives with Ashoka, the Skoll Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Acumen Fund, SCU and Civic Ventures.Most recently he has co-developed the Encore Venture Accelerator — an entrepreneurial business and social enterprise experiential program for retirement eligible corporate employees. He continues his entrepreneurial pursuits with three on going initiatives: first, Angel investing and consulting with early stage technology companies (as a member of the Band of Angels); second, business plan, supply chain and technology consulting with early stage social mission ventures and corporations; and third, with the Encore Venture Accelerator.

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Andre Gueziec

Andre? Gueziec is an entrepreneur and executive with a unique combination of product vision, technical depth, and startup expertise. His passion is to build a quality product and experience from the ground up. Andre? founded Beat the Traffic (nicknamed "BTT") in 2003 and successfully sold it to a Canadian media group, Pelmorex (The Weather Network and MeteoMedia) in 2012. The Beat the Traffic system is used by 60 TV stations in many large North American cities. Beat the Traffic is also a popular Smartphone App, consistently in the top 10 in the free navigation category. Our mission is to "Help users Beat the Traffic" and BTT is essentially an ecosystem for actionable traffic and routing information, with a Media Business and Consumer angles, and combining conventional data sources with user-generated information. Andre? started BTT and, as its CEO, grew it to a profitable business with original and defensible Intellectual Property, and an excellent team. He is an active Angel investor and advisor to a few technology companies. His sweet spot is to be the catalyst in early stage opportunities where it also makes sense for him to actively participate in an advisory role. Earlier Andre? was Senior Software Engineer and Architect at Multigen and Borland. Andre? started at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center and has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Univ. Paris 11, and a MS in Economics from Univ. Paris 11 Sorbonne. Andre? also holds a MS in Engineering from Ecole Centrale Paris. He has published about forty peer-reviewed papers, journal articles and book chapters and is an inventor of about 25 U.S Patents.