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Danny Hamady

Danny Hamady was born in Beirut and with his family immigrated to the United States at the age of 12. He eventually settled in San Jose, California. Danny studied at San Jose State University, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a minor in Economics. Danny married Amal Maher, a graduate of Skidmore College BA and an MBA from Santa Clara University, and embarked together on their American dream. They both started their careers in the technology industry. This experience led Danny to start his own company in 1991, Momentum Microsystems, Inc. Today, Momentum is a leading provider of integrated turn-key computing solutions for the life sciences and biotech industries. Momentum has grown to support its clients globally and has won numerous industry awards. Equipped with over 16 years of experience in the high-tech industry, in 2005, Danny began angel investing when he invested in a few start-up companies in Silicon Valley. Today, Danny is involved in more than a dozen investments and has had 3 successful exits. He enjoys mentoring entrepreneurs as a form of giving back to a community which is dear to his heart. Danny and Amal reside in Palo Alto, California and have three children. He is also fluent in French and Spanish. Danny enjoys playing golf and basketball.

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Neal Hansen

Neal Hansen has led high tech companies through start ups, turnaround situations and the transition to high growth and sustainable profitability for 40 years. He has also been responsible for significant international expansion of these companies, public and private financings, a number of M & A transactions and creating products and services to enter new markets. After service in the US Navy, and completion of college, he began his career with IBM and left to become one of the founders of First Data Resources where he held a number of senior roles in sales and operations. He ultimately became Senior Vice President and General Manager of the company's data center and card processing operations. He left after the completion of the sale of First Data to American Express and joined Applied Communications Inc, becoming its President and CEO. ACI underwent a period of significant growth and international expansion becoming a leader internationally in providing transaction processing software and services to financial institutions, retailers and petroleum companies. He was instrumental in the sale of ACI to US West and subsequently became President of US West's Data Services Group, a collection of multiple US West technology companies. After leaving US West he led the LBO of CSG Systems and was the company's Chairman and CEO. CSG was transformed from a segment of a large company with little growth and declining products to a public company that went from $80 million in revenue to over $530 million in revenue and offices in over 20 countries. He retired from CSG in 2005. He is Managing Partner of Hansen Partners and is active in various start up and early stage companies. He has been, and remains, active on a number of University and charitable boards and both public and private company boards. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University Of Nebraska.

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Craig Harding

Craig Harding is a corporate lawyer with over 30 years experience, representing companies in a variety of industries. He is Managing Director of Sand Hill Corporate Engineering, which provides corporate engineering products and services to corporations of varying sizes. He is also founder and deal engineer at Deal Labs, a laboratory for financial transactions of all types. Craig Harding is the former General Counsel and Secretary of Tesla Motors, Inc., where he worked for five years for all four current and former Tesla CEOs. In this position, he handled legal affairs for the company, including corporate work, supplier agreements, and intellectual property law. Harding supported Tesla's Series D, E, and F private equity rounds, the loan to Tesla from the Department of Energy, and Tesla's IPO. Prior to joining the executive team at Tesla Motors, Craig Harding was General Counsel and Secretary at Metreo, Inc. Previously, he was General Counsel at Intershop Communications, the largest electronic commerce company in Europe. In addition, Craig Harding served as General Counsel of Kaleida Labs (a joint venture of Apple and IBM), and Actra Systems (a joint venture of Netscape and General Electric). Craig is also a member of Sand Hill Angels. He has a JD from Vanderbilt University Law School and an AB in mathematics from Duke University. Craig Harding is a current member of the State Bar of California. He is happy to  discuss Level 4 self-driving cars with Band members, and often will ride a Honda VFR to angel meetings. Craig is a distance runner and has completed over 50 marathons and ultramarathons, including the American River 50M, Western States Endurance Run (100 miles), and Miwok 100K Trail Race. Harding completed the Miwok 100K in a time of 12 hours 17 minutes. Craig Harding has two daughters and lives in Woodside, California.

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Bill Hasler

Bill Hasler is Dean Emeritus of the Haas Business School and Co-Chief Executive of Aphton Corporation. He was a former Vice Chairman and Director of KPMG Peat Marwick. Based in New York from 1986-91, he was responsible for Peat Marwick’s worldwide consulting practice. He held several positions with the firm in L.A., and from 1984-86 served in San Francisco as Vice Chairman for the western region. He serves as a member of the Board of several other public companies including Solectron, DiTech Communications, and DMC Stratex. He is active in private venture capital and serves as Director or Advisor to several technology start-ups. He is a public governor of the Pacific Stock & Options Exchange and a trustee of the Schwab Funds. He is a 1963 Pomona graduate, and received an MBA from Harvard in 1967.

Limin He

Dr. Limin He is a Corporate Vice President and Chairman of China task force of Cadence Design Systems, Inc., and is responsible for establishing the company’s long-term strategy for its growing business in China, one of the most critical and exciting markets to date. In this role, he has established strong personal and business relationships with semiconductor and system companies, research institutes, central and local government, and venture capital communities in China. Prior to his current role, Dr. Limin He was the Corporate Vice President for IC digital business unit, and was responsible for managing 400+ engineers and several hundred million dollar products, including the First Encounter for prototyping, Digital Implementation System for place and route. From 1999 to 2002,he was CEO and co-founder of Plato Design Systems, which developed industrial first scalable IC digital router NanoRoute and was acquired by Cadence. From 1990 through 1999, he held various management and technical roles at Cadence. Dr. Limin He brings more than 25 years of technology development, business development, and executive leadership experience in the electronic design automation, software, and semiconductor industry. He is an active investors and advisors to several startup companies in US and China. He holds a BS in Mathematics, a MS in Applied Mathematics from Fudan University, and a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of California at Berkeley.

Dave Heacock

Dave Heacock is senior vice president and world-wide manager of Texas Instruments Silicon Valley Analog (SVA). SVA was formed through the acquisition of National Semiconductor in 2011. Prior to SVA, he led worldwide strategy and operations for High Volume Analog and Logic business from 2007 to 2012 as well as leading TI’s Portable Power Management business from 2002-2007. Heacock began his career with TI in 1999 when the company acquired Unitrode Corporation, where he was the director of portable power products. He joined Unitrode in 1998 through its acquisition of Benchmarq Microelectronics, a successful start-up company focused on battery management products, where he had served in various new product development and marketing roles since 1990. Prior to 1990, he held product marketing and product definition roles for ST Microelectronics and General Instruments Microelectronics. He received a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Engineering and Management from Clarkson University in Potsdam NY in 1983. He received his Masters in Business Administration from the University of North Texas in 1988.

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Robert Hess

Robert Hess is an angel investor focusing primarily on biochemistry, chemistry, drug discovery, medical devices and diagnostics. Previously, he was a patent attorney specializing in biotechnology patent prosecution. Robert has held both inhouse (Solazyme, BioMarin) and private practice (Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers, Leydig, Voit & Mayer) positions. Prior to becoming a patent attorney, he was a cofounder of BioTrove, a startup that invented highthroughput mass spectrometry and high-density miniturized PCR. He is named as an inventor on over a dozen patents. Robert holds B.S. in Biochemistry from Cornell University, a Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics from University of Wisconsin - Madison, and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School with a concentration in Intellectual Property.

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 Mag Hidir

Mag Hidir is an angel investor and startup coach with focus on B2C, SaaS, robotics, lifescience, and predictive analytics. Drawing from his 20+ years of experience in management and sales,Mag is coaching startups on growth, crossing the chasm, expansion, and monetization. He was GVP of Sales, Cloud and Infrastructure at Oracle Africa and MiddleEast where he managed $800 million of business and grew revenue 300% in 5 years. He was selected as the Top Talent Vice President worldwide. Previously, Mag was QuantitativeInvestment Solutions Director for South Europe at IBM and a Management Consultant atAccenture in Germany. He holds an MBA from the University of Leicester, UK.

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Russell Hinds

Russell Hinds is a serial entrepreneur, with a dual background in technology and real estate investment. He is currently Chairman of Sponsorwise, a 4-year old enterprise software startup, and General Partner of RSH Ventures, an angel investment fund partnership, focused on early stage investments in biotechnology, life sciences, software, semiconductors, and wireless sectors. He also manages with his wife a Real Estate investment and land development partnership. Prior to this Mr. Hinds was COO of Sponsorwise. Mr. Hinds held several positions with a number of technology companies including Virage Logic Corp., a provider of embedded memory technologies that power the Internet and communications infrastructure. At Virage Logic, he served as Manager of Applications Engineering and Technical Marketing in 1998 and Manager of Business Development and Foundry Relations in 1999.

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Mark Holmes

Mark Holmes, with over a billion dollars in patent deals under his belt, is the founder and CEO of PatentBridge LLC, a privately held technology brokerage firm in Silicon Valley that specializes in bringing to market select patented technologies covering extraordinary software and Internet-related breakthroughs. Mr. Holmes is also the CEO and Co- Founder of RavenWhite Security, Inc. which was selected as one of the top 10 security startups worldwide at the RSA Conference. He was the co-founder of a successful telecommunications startup which was sold in the late 1990s to a portfolio company of the Alabama state retirement fund (Retirement Systems of Alabama). He is an angel investor and member of the Band of Angels. Mr. Holmes has advised such technology savvy entities as Visa, Sony, Applied Materials, University of California at Berkeley as well as many startups and was named to the IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists. He served as co-chair of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) from 2006 to 2011. He is a registered patent attorney, holds an engineering degree from Brown, is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the IEEE Computer Society, and wrote the book PATENT LICENSING: STRATEGY, NEGOTIATION & FORMS. He is a member of the Board of Editors, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY COUNSELOR, published by West Publishing. Mark co-chairs the Advanced Patent Licensing program of the Practising Law Institute (PLI) and speaks on software and technology licensing in the PLI Advanced Licensing program in New York, Chicago and San Francisco and PLI Patent Law Institute. He lectures nationally on the pressing issues facing patent owners in the commercialization of their intellectual property. In the past few years, he has spoken nationally over 50 times on the commercialization of intellectual property for such bodies as Renaissance Weekend, International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), Patent Law Institute, Washington State Patent Law Association, Oregon Patent Law Association, Hawaii State Bar Association, Practising Law Institute and other organizations.

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Erich Horn

Erich P. Horn, MD, MBA is a board-certified ophthalmologist, educator and entrepreneur whose private practice (East Bay Eye Specialists) is in Oakland, California. Specializing in advanced technology cataract surgery, glaucoma care, ocular trauma reconstruction and eye diseases of aging, he’s practiced clinical ophthalmology for 17 years. Dr. Horn currently is Vice-Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, where he also serves as Chief of Comprehensive Ophthalmology. In this role, he teaches residents, fellows and medical students in the classroom and in the operating room. He is active in the American Academy of Ophthalmology, chairs the Practicing Ophthalmologists’ Committee in his specialty and teaching fellow ophthalmologists annually at the Maintenance of Certification Review Course in Chicago. He has been honored by the Academy with the Secretariat Award and the Achievement Award.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the non-profit Pacific Vision Foundation and Prevent Blindness Northern California, both headquartered in San Francisco. Dr. Horn earned his MD from Harvard University in 1995, following a Howard Hughes Medical Institute/NIH research fellowship and undergraduate studies in History at Brown University. He earned an executive MBA from Wharton in 2009, and led a team to a third place finish in the Wharton Business Plan Competition that year. Dr. Horn’s entrepreneurial ventures include marketing an improved ocular prosthesis for people who lost an eye due to cancer or trauma and a nutritional supplement to enhance ocular health in people over fifty. He is interested to bring his medical expertise to evaluating new products and companies and especially looks forward to working with the Band of Angels Life Sciences/Biotech SiG. Dr. Horn is married to Biljana Horn, MD and they have two sons, Thomas and Philip.

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Mike Horton

While studying at UC Berkeley, Mike Horton founded Crossbow Technology, a leader in MEMS-based inertial navigation systems and wireless sensor networks, with his advisor the late Dr. Richard Newton.  Mike served as CEO from inception until its successful exit.  Crossbow Technology grew to $23M in revenue prior to being sold in two transactions (Moog, Inc and MEMSIC) totaling $50M.  Since selling Crossbow Technology, Mike has been active in the UC Berkeley research community, helping several professors nurture start-up ideas.  Mike is also co-CEO of an Internet news discussion site (Yabberz) with his wife Melissa. Mike holds over 15 patents.   Mike’s hobbies include golf, swimming, and the study of Chinese.  He has working proficiency in Chinese and has passed the HSK Level 4 exam. Mike has three girls age 11, 7, and 3. 

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Peter Hsi 

Peter Hsi was born and raised in Taiwan where he received his BS degree in Electrical Engineering. In 1974, he went to the United States to continue his graduate studies and received a MS and PhD degree in Electrical Engineer from Syracuse University. From 1978 to 1988, Peter worked as system and research engineers in Network Analysis Corporation and Carrier Division of United Technology Corporation. Peter became a naturalized US Citizen in 1987. Since 1984, Peter joined AOT Corporation, a manufacturer of computer aided automatic test equipment for semi-conductor industry as Chief Engineer and Vice President of Engineering. The company was later sold to Hewlett Packard in 1989 and became a division in the Instrument Group within HP. Peter stayed in HP for a few years and then joined RAE Systems Inc. in 1993 as a co-founder. He served in RAE Systems as VP of Engineering, CTO and Board of Directors until now. In June 2013, RAE Systems was acquired by Honeywell Corporation. Peter has been focusing on the new sensor technology and product development in the past 20 years and received more than 20 US and European patents.

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Jan Jannink

Jan Jannink worked at Toshiba R&D modeling network switches and at IBM research designing UI for database query browsers, before earning a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University in 2001. Since 1998 he also has been involved in engineering at several notable internet startups including napster and imeem, which he founded in 2003. Most recently, he has been mentoring companies at StartX, sourcing first time entrepreneurs before they receive outside funding, and founding companies such as VoiceBase, Inc., a Big Voice startup first funded by the Band of Angels. Passionate about communication and problem solving, Jan speaks five languages more or less fluently, and collects and solves Rubik's cubes. Jan was fictionalized in the Barry Eisler novel "Requiem for an Assassin", and is a repeat master's world champion in synchronized diving.

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Daniel Joensen

Daniel Joensen has over 20 years of experience as an investor and entrepreneur. He is the Founder and Managing Director of Oresund Capital where he manages a hedge fund focusing on biotech and life science. Previously, he founded Danken Ventures, an early stage fund focusing on Life Science, Biotech & related engineering. Daniel was an early investor in BiPar Science which was sold to Sonofi-Aventis for ~$500MM in 2009. Daniel is former General Manager at advertising.com, a venture-funded results-based interactive marketing service provider to advertisers and publishers, where he helped the company grow to sustained profitability. He is an advisor to UCSF QB3 and to several technology startups. Daniel was a Research Assistant in Accounting at MIT Sloan. He holds a SM in Management from MIT Sloan with a thesis on Non-Linear Financial Modeling. Daniel also holds an MS in Computer Science, a BS in Computer Science and Statistics and a BA in Rhetoric and Philosophy from University of Copenhagen.


Al Johnson

Al Johnson has a financial and accounting background as a CPA and CFO. He was the founder of Western Technology Investment (leasing company); initial investor in Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, Grid Systems, Devices for Vascular Intervention, Net Frame Systems, Ventritex, and others. Currently he is an investor and consultant to start- ups.

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Rich Juelis

Mr. Juelis is active angel investor and co-chair of the Life Science Committee of the Band of Angels. He has made several investments with the Band and as a private investor in equities and real estate. Primary industry knowledge includes:drug development, medical device,  hospital services, drug delivery, clinical research, skin care, contract manufacturing and  robotics / industrial automation; Secondary expertise includes: software development, learning management, banking and financial consulting. He has extensive financial and general management operating experience with public and private pharmaceutical / life science companies, covering:  corporate finance (as CFO and Audit Committee Chair), financing (over 15 transactions, raising over $600 million), financial modeling, corporate development, international assignments, compensation and administration . He has served as a board director and multiple committee member for several public / private companies.

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Kuljeet Kalkat

Kuljeet Kalkat has 30+ years of experience in successfully managing product strategy, marketing, and business development in systems, software, and networking firms. Mr. Kalkat is Board Advisor of Tav Networks and CEO Advisor at Lunera. Tav Networks is an engineering product and services firm specializing in design and implementation of Smart Networks, in particular in the Smart Grid space. Lunera is a smart lighting and smart building management leader. In the period 2015 – 2016, he was Board Director of GridSense, product and services company in the Distribution Automation business, through its acquisition by Franklin Electric Co., Inc. (NASDAQ:FELE), specializing in advanced remote monitoring solutions for distribution transformers, overhead and underground distribution lines, and other hard-to-reach assets. Previously, he led the Distribution Automation business and drove full life cycle product management at Silver Spring Networks, where he also initiated its smart city consulting practice. He has led product management at LynuxWorks, Windriver, HP, and Sun Microsystems. Kuljeet was with Intuit from 2001 to 2007 where he drove company-wide initiative to build 200+ person technical support and development offices in India. He was responsible for creating and marketing Intuit’s first Cloud offering - QuickBooks Online. Earlier in his career, Kuljeet was an engineer and worked on NASA satellites. Kuljeet received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Maryland College Park, and a MBA from Carnegie Mellon. Kuljeet also has a passion for real estate and is involved in property development, sales, and investment consulting as partner of The Troyer Group. The Troyer Group is one of the most successful real estate groups in the Bay Area.

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Basant Kedia

Basant Kedia is Managing Director with First Republic Bank. He is part of the exclusive Private Banking Team, where his team manages startups, venture capital firms, ultra high net-worth families. Basant was co-founder of the startup Admit Key and is also investor in multiple startups and micro VC funds. Basant is the founding member of Baruch VC Fund (Alma Mater) and is a Charter Member at TIE. Basant has been in banking for the last 15 years starting with HDFC Bank in Mumbai, then Vice President of HSBC in New York. In 2008, he moved to Bay Area to start the South Asian Banking Group (HSBC). This where the startup bug bit him and subsequently, in 2011 he moved to First Republic Bank, where he was instrumental in establishing the Startup Practice. Basant is a tri-athlete and his goal is to compete in Iron Man. He is involved with Foundation of Excellence (a non-for-profit for College students in India), and he also enjoys mentoring college students in his Alma Mater. Basant completed Executive Education on Venture Capital-Private Equity at Harvard Business School. He earned Master of Business Administration from Baruch College, as well as Master of Commerce and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Mumbai. When he is not working, he is seen biking or swimming with his kids or travelling internationally. He has visited over 30 countries in last 5 years. He and his wife have two lovely daughters.

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Larry Kelly

Larry Kelly is a serial entrepreneur and has worked in most aspects of the computer and information industry, in both individual contributor and C-level positions. Larry is Managing Director of Kelly Ventures, and is active in venture investing and building portfolio companies in both the information and the energy sectors. Earlier in his career, Larry worked at Hewlett Packard, where he was involved in calculators, in networking products, and in personal computers. At GRiD Systems, Larry led the development of the first laptop computers. Educationally, Larry received an SB in Mechanical Engineering and an SM in Nuclear Science and Engineering from MIT and an MBA from Harvard. He chairs the energy special interest group for the Band of Angels. Aside from professional activities, Larry maintains an active sports life including running, biking and other participatory sports. Larry has also been involved in education, having founded the Montclaire Educational Foundation to raise money for a public elementary school in Los Altos, and having served as a Trustee for Castilleja School in Palo Alto and as a Regent for Bellarmine College Prep in San Jose.

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Michael Keogh

Michael Keogh recently joined Stanley Black & Decker as SVP of their new Digital Innovation office. He is responsible for incubating internal startups, ecosystem development, and building new revenue streams for the company. Most recently, he was at Apple where he was the Senior Director of Finance for all of Apple R&D supporting the long-term hardware and silicon roadmap development. Prior to Apple, he was at Intel in various finance roles including manufacturing, M&A, product development, supply chain, and strategy. For over a decade spanning his time with Apple and Intel, he held several roles in China, Malaysia, and the Philippines. He is an angel investor and hold several Board and advisor positions. He also dabbles in real estate and has built a portfolio of university student housing, as well as some international properties. Mike holds an MBA from Cornell University and a BA from the University of North Carolina.

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Veena Keri

Veena Keri is a seasoned technology executive and brings over 20 years of engineering and product experience to her role. Most recently, Veena was Vice President of Strategy at Informatica where she focused on big data and cloud computing. Prior to that, she held leadership positions in product management and marketing at Amazon (Amazon Web Services) and Sun Microsystems (Sun Cloud). Early on in her career, she held engineering roles at Juniper Networks and Silicon Graphics. She has a Bachelor's in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai and a Masters in Computer Science from Cornell and an MBA from the Wharton School.

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Sudz Khawaja

Sudz Khawaja is a multi-disciplined technology professional with 20+ years of experience at early-stage startups and established companies, leading Professional Services / Systems Integration, Product Management, and Sales teams. Experienced at launching new products / businesses and driving growth at young startups and leading business transformation activities at Fortune 500 companies. Presently leading systems implementation projects at downstream energy company. Presently, Sudz is the President of TASK Consultants, a boutique consulting firm supporting the IT leadership teams of Fortune 500 companies with business transformation projects. Before launching TASK Consultants, Sudz was the Founder & CEO of Wireless Works, a distributor and logistic services provider in the mobile telecommunications industry, where he established partnerships with leading mobile operators and device manufacturers including AT&T, MetroPCS, Motorola, Nokia, Pantech, and PCD, and managed logistic programs for various regional and national mobile carriers and big-box national retailers. A magna cum laude graduate of Coe College in Iowa, Sudz earned a B.A. in Computer Science and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and also holds an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin.  He is presently pursuing an M.S. in Analytics from Texas A&M University. Sudz has served as a Deputy Regional Coordinator of AKF USA, an international social development agency, and is actively involved in advancing children’s causes. Sudz splits his time between Houston and San Francisco.

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Julie Kim

Julie Kim is an accomplished senior finance leader with over 20 years experience in diverse corporate finance, M&A, and treasury positions in Fortune 50 companies and senior banking positions in top international financial institutions. Julie has proven expertise in capital raising and mergers and acquisitions having executed over 100 debt and equity financing and M&A transactions during her career. She was a manager of Mergers & Acquisitions at Sprint and was instrumental in completing the largest telecom acquisition in U.S. history (Sprint/Centel – 1993). At Verizon, Julie served as Director of Mergers and Acquisitions and Director of International Treasury and was responsible for managing Verizon’s subsidiaries in Europe and Asia. During her 10 years working at top financial institutions, such as Citibank and WestLB, Julie worked extensively on project financing transactions in Mexico and Latin America developing an expertise in cross-border financing. She is a recipient of a number of awards recognizing innovation in structuring project finance transactions. Julie was the Head of the Telecom, Media and Entertainment group at ANZ Investment Bank where she managed the bank’s corporate lending activities targeting global media and telecommunications companies. In 2004 Julie founded TechFinance Advisory, LLC to provide strategic and financial advisory services targeted to small and medium sized firms and has acted as interim CFO for number of her clients in diverse sectors including consumer goods, manufacturing, technology, business services, telecom, digital media, gaming, education, and e-commerce. In 2017, Julie founded TechFinance Ventures, LLC to invest in seed stage technology companies with a focus on social enterprise. To date, TechFinance Ventures has made 5 investments. Julie holds a B.A. in Economics from Washington University and an MBA in finance from Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

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Youllee Kim

Youllee Kim is a strategic advisor and investor with 20 years of professional experiences in management consulting, venture incubation/investment and marketing. Most recently Youllee was Partner & Managing Director at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) based in Seoul, Korea working across several Asian countries including Korea, Japan, China, Hong Kong and Singapore. She also worked on multiple cross-border projects in the U.S. market in the context of growth strategy and globalization. Working at BCG for 14 years, Youllee developed and led multi-year client relationship with leading Asian conglomerates supporting their CEOs and senior executives in strategic business agenda including vision and long-term strategy, corporate development, digital transformation, globalization, etc. She has a broad experience in corporate development topics (M&A, JV, partnership, due diligence, post-merger integration) where she often worked with investment bankers and private equity funds. Particularly, Youllee is well known for her strong commitment to client value creation and made significant impacts. One of her long-term clients grew 10x in revenue and 8x in market cap for the seven years of her service. Her industry expertise was evolved and expanded from financial services to consumer and healthcare based on her passion, market opportunity and client needs. She spent her first 4 years at BCG helping leading financial institutions in Korea after the Financial Sector Restructuring by the Korean government and managed multiple M&A and post-merger integration projects. For the last 10 years at BCG, Youllee was dedicated to the broad consumer space including food, beauty, fashion, retail/e-commerce, automotive and consumer electronics/technology. She also had opportunities to work/participate in the healthcare industry as biotechnology was seen as a future growth driver for leading conglomerates. At BCG, she took many leadership roles. As the first woman promoted to Partner in BCG Korea, she served on the Asia Pacific Leadership of Women@BCG. In addition, Youllee led MSP (Marketing, Sales and Pricing) Practice, CCI (Center for Consumer/Customer Insight) and Social Impact efforts in BCG North Asia System. Prior to joining BCG, Youllee worked for CJ (Samsung’s very first manufacturing business which was later spun off from Samsung Group) and Kellogg in the marketing and brand management roles. She also worked at a venture incubation and investment firm during the time of the dot-com bubble in early 2000’s. Youllee holds a MBA from the University of Michigan Business School and a BA from Yonsei University in Korea. She speaks English, Korean and Japanese.

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Steven Klebe

Steven Klebe was born in New York City in 1955. He grew up in New Jersey attending public schools with the highlight being his being selected as a 1st team All-County football player in his senior year. He then went to Northeastern University in Boston graduating with a BS with honors in Business Administration with an emphasis on Marketing. The highlight of those years was his participation in NU’s co-op ed program where he had paid employment internships totaling two years with companies such as Hallmark Cards and a large general insurance agency. Upon graduation Steve was employed in sales by a local company called North American Video (NAVCO) and moved to northern California in 1978. He was with NAVCO for five years ultimately becoming the VP of Sales. NAVCO sold CCTV systems to banks for surveillance within their ATMs and branches. Steve then transitioned from physical security to data security working for a company called Atalla who sold PIN management systems to banks that allowed consumers to pick their PINs and all the hardware to encrypt and manage those PINs as they traversed from bank to bank through the ATM networks. Following Atalla, he left the security space and joined VeriFone as the 35th employee heading up the sales efforts in the western US. During his nine year tenure at VeriFone, they went public and he held a variety of senior level positions during which the company grew from $4m in sales to over $250M. The highlights included creating the VeriFone Finance program and managing relationships with all the leading west coast banks and major payment processors. After VeriFone, Steve became the 3rd employee at CyberCash which was the first Internet Payment Gateway running Sales and Business Development. They went public during his tenure at CyberCash. Subsequently Steve joined CyberSource as their 15th employee to run Sales and Strategic Alliances. The highlights of his time at CyberCash including signing the deal with Visa to deliver a co-developed and co-marketed product called the CyberSource Fraud Screen Enhanced by Visa which became CyberSource’s key differentiator in the market. In addition he raised $1.5M from Visa and $5m from GE Capital in a strategic round and they went public during my time at CyberSource. Next came PassMark Security where he was the 3rd employee running Sales and Business Development. The highlight of this opportunity was signing the deal to have Bank of America deploy what they call SiteKey to all 20M of their online banking customers. The solution was ultimately deployed to over 8000 different banks through a variety of direct and indirect sales channels. PassMark Security was acquired by RSA and within 4 months, RSA was acquired by EMC. Steve worked for EMC for 18 months following the acquisition. Other engagements included a stint at Vindicia, a cloud based recurring billing solution provider and BilltoMobile, a leading carrier billing solution provider where he held senior positions managing strategic alliances and sales, respectively. He was then recruited to Google where he is currently Head of BD for their efforts in the online space for the Google Wallet. Steve is married to Lorna Siepser for 31 years, a former lawyer and banker and now an active civic leader and they have two grown children, Larisa and Seth. Larisa is in graduate school at Tufts University studying History and Museum Studies and Seth has graduated with Honors from UCSB in June with a degree in Environmental Studies and Technology Management. He has entered an apprenticeship program at Salesforce.com and is living in San Francisco. Steve and Lorna live in San Mateo.

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 Akemi Koda

A passionate woman entrepreneur, Akemi is an angel investor and start-up advisor. She is founder, CEO, and board director at USAsia VenturePartners, a strategic consultancy serving clients in the US, Japan,and throughout Asia. Akemi is a member of Stanford Angels and program committee member at Keizai Silicon Valley, a professional organization which showcases experts on issues critical to the success in doing business with Japan. Her education and career started in her native Japan and she is a strong advocate to strengthen Japan-US business relations. Akemi’s expertise in product marketing and business development spans over 20 years in companies such as NEC, United Airlines, CWT and Varig Airlines-Tokyo.She holds a B.S. in Business Administration fromSan Francisco State University

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Wendy Kok

Wendy  is  a   seasoned  executive   with   20+   years  of   experience in investment management, corporate finance and tax structuring. She retired from Sequoia Capital China (Sequoia) in December 2016 and become  Consultant  to  Sequoia.  Wendy  is  now  actively  involved  in angel investments in the San Francisco Bay  Area. Wendy is a venture capital business leader who has made tremendous impact in China, including framing the compliance protocol and working with the government authorities.  Since  2011, Wendy  has led Sequoia Capital China as Chief Financial Officer and Operations Lead through the most aggressive growth period. With over 200 active investments to govern, Wendy was able to construct an ideal end-state strategic vision and deconstruct ginormous problems into manageable tactical  steps. She was instrumental in aligning legal, finance, tax, and HR departments into one cohesive team to interface with the deal team. Wendy co-founded the Hong Kong Private Equity Finance Association to advocate for knowledge sharing and  promotion  of  positive  impact of  venture capital.  She  envisioned  the  association  as platforms for VC and PE to actively dialog with governments and participate in policy meetings.  Ms. Kok seized every opportunity to interface with the Chinese and Hong Kong governments in VC     policy discussion with the common goal of striking balances between innovation, investment, policy, and taxation. Prior to entering the private equity and venture capital industry, Wendy was the Partner in Tax & Business Advisory Services with Ernst & Young. She was also appointed as the Leader for Tax Accounting and Risk Advisory Services for central China region. Wendy attained Partnership within 9.5 years of her career and was the  youngest to  be admitted into the Ernst & Young partnership in  the China tax department. During her time with Ernst & Young, Wendy led the first acquisition by a U.S. private equity fund into    a state-owned enterprise in North-eastern China, negotiating with the government officials and navigating sensitive and complex compliance issues. The company later successfully listed in the  Hong Kong stock exchange. Wendy also made history by successfully negotiating the first provincial city Advance Pricing Agreement for Xiamen in Southern China. This was celebrated by the city Mayor through a public ceremony. The negotiation resulted in reducing client’s tax liability by over 50%. Wendy was awarded as one of the Top 10 CFOs in the private equity and venture capital industry in China for 2015. She synthesizes strategic vision with depth and intent, communicate succinctly and persuasively  with  buy-in  and  respect,  lead  change  with  courage  and  humility,  decisive  decision making through empowered team, sharpen leadership in others through leading by example, and   build impactful connections with others through authentic relationships. Wendy received  an  executive MBA  from Kellogg  School  of  Management, a Master of  Applied Finance and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne.

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Dave Krauthamer

Dave Krauthamer has over 20 years experience in the high technology, bio medical and financial industries. He is the Executive Vice President of Emtec Digital Services, an IT consultancy that enables end-to-end digital transformation. Previously, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Intelenex, Inc., a Cloud Integration services company, which he sold to Emtec in 2015. Dave built Intelenex around the basic premise that companies deserve transformational solutions that enable them to dominate their industries. Intelenex fused its extensive knowledge of how high-performance organizations work with Oracle's Broad Solutions Set (Sales, Marketing, Finance, Human Resources, Manufacturing, and Supply Chain). Intelenex went on to become a lead partner in the transformation of Corporate Systems to the Cloud. Because of this work, Intelenex was recognized as Oracle's Top Cloud ERP Sales Partner in 2015, closing the year by selling almost 50% more Cloud ERP licenses than any other partner. Dave served as Director of Information Systems at Advanced Fiber Communications, where he was responsible for implementing and deploying an enterprise wide information strategic plan. Prior to his work at AFC, he held various management positions at Parker Hannifin, a leading industrial automation manufacturer. He has taught university level courses in Information Technology and has been a key industry contact for the Wall Street Journal, Computer World and PC Week. Mr. Krauthamer holds a B.S. in Computer Science from California State University-Los Angeles and has completed executive programs at Stanford and California Institute of Technology.

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Amit Kumar

Amit Kumar is currently Chairman of the Board of three companies, one public biotech company, one private biotech, and one public solar energy company (ITUS:NASDAQ, BioCeryx, and ASTI:NASDAQ).  He also sits on two other boards (AOLS:OTCBB) and Band funded company NGXbio.  He also sits on the National Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society.  Previously he was CEO of Geo Fossil Fuels, an energy company. Before GFF, Dr. Kumar (June 30, 2010) left his position as President and CEO of CombiMatrix Corporation (CBMX:NASDAQ), a position he held since September 2001. CBMX is a biotech company that Dr. Kumar took public, and is focused on genetic analysis to enable personalized medical management for patients.  He is also an advisor to other companies in the Cleantech/Energy and Life Science industries. Previously, he was VP Life Sciences for Acacia Research Corporation (ACTG: NASDAQ), a publicly traded venture capital firm. Previous to that he was the founding CEO of Signature BioSciences, a drug discovery company. Prior to Signature, Dr. Kumar was engaged as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for Oak Investment Partners, a venture capital firm. Previous to Oak, Dr. Kumar was Senior Manager for Futures Technology and General Manager for IDEXX (NASDAQ:IDXX) Laboratories' west coast R&D operations. Prior to IDEXX, Dr. Kumar was Program Manager for New Technology at Idetek. He has also been an advisor or consultant to Fortune 500 companies, venture capital firms, and private early stage healthcare companies. Dr. Kumar has over 60 peer-reviewed technical publications and holds over a dozen patents with several others pending. He also has extensive experience working with the US government, having presented to members of the House and Senate as well as major defense organizations. Amit received his AB Degree from Occidental College, followed by studies at Stanford University and Caltech, where he received his PH.D. After Caltech, he completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University.

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Praveen Kumar

Praveen Kumar is a Partner at SCILD (pronounced "SKILLED" ) INNOVATIONS , an applied research & technology venture incubation lab. SCILD's current focus is on early stage venture incubation in the AI, Computer Vision and IT/Telco infrastructure space. Praveen is currently leading two venture incubation projects within SCILD focusing on 5G Mobile Networks  and AI enabled Computer Vision. Prior to his involvement at SCILD, he was Vice President at Anite Telecoms (LSE: AIE , now Keysight Technologies). Praveen joined Anite following their acquisition of Invenova, a  vendor of mobile broadband Test & Measurement systems, that he ran and owned since its founding in 2004. Invenova developed the Industry's first pre-4G  (WiMAX) reference Infrastructure and client platform that formed the basis of the leading Industry body's (WiMAX Forum) certification program,  and its customers included several  Fortune 500 Telecom equipment/component vendors and service providers.  He was previously Co-founder and VP, Technology at Basil Networks (Network Processor IP vendor), and prior to that a Principal engineer at Vitesse Semiconductor.

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Alex Kurosawa

Alex Kurosawa is a 30-years veteran in private/public business operations and venture fund management. He served as Vice President, Business Development, at Sonics, Inc. and MicroUnity Corp in defining product/market strategies, building sales pipeline, and managing deal closing. At IKOS Systems, Inc. [IKOS], he headed up Asian Operations and doubled sales every year in Japan, Korea and Taiwan. Previously, he was engineering/marketing manager at VLSI Technology, Inc.[VLSI], and NEC Corporation [6701], where he was chartered for international strategic partnerships between US and Japanese companies. He was often recognized for his outstanding accomplishments in engineering, sales and marketing. In 2000, he co-founded Start-up101 Ventures Fund as the General Partner, which was organized as a strategic arm for Japanese corporations. He managed all aspects of venture capital operations there. His business domain includes multimedia, communication, Internet, software, materials, semiconductor device, equipments, clean tech and off-grid energy systems. He has been an angel investor since 1990's. His current interest includes im pact investment with emphasis on triple bottom line. He is a co-founder of a Tokyo-based non-profit organization for angel/entrepreneur training, and a 501(c)(3) organization for piano ensemble music education for children and youth.

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Robert Kyle

Robert Kyle is currently a Principal of Kyle Associates; a firm engaged in advising and investing in small companies involved in relatively high tech sectors. He was previously CEO of EM Systems, Elsin Corp. and FutureSmart Networks. These early stage companies were sold to General Instruments, General Electric and Honeywell. Mr. Kyle has BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and a PhD from Syracuse University.