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Suresh Pai

Suresh Pai has over 25 years of commercial development and general management experience in a wide variety of medical device segments spanning plastic surgery implantables (Mentor/J&J), vascular stents (Cordis/J&J and SquareOne), stent-grafts for thoracic aortic aneurysms (ProGraft Medical/W.L. Gore), devices for crossing chronic total vascular occlusions (LuMend/J&J), carotid artery stents and embolic filters (Boston Scientific), and femoral closure device technologies (AccessClosure/Cardinal Health). He co-founded Axiom Technology Partners, a startup that developed a novel laparoscopic fascial closure device, which was acquired in 2012 by Teleflex Medical (NYSE: TFX). Axiom’s device was awarded Innovation of the Year by Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons, as well as the Excellence in Surgical Products Award by Surgical Products Magazine, both in 2012. Most recently, Suresh was the founder of the ear, nose and throat device startup CogENT Therapeutics (a Band of Angels portfolio company), which developed and commercialized a unique hemostatic nasal packing technology which was acquired by Entellus Medical (NASDAQ: ENTL) in mid-2016. Currently, Suresh is Managing Partner at LamaMed Solutions, Inc., a Silicon Valley based medical device consultancy focused on startups. He has received over fifty US and international patents covering a variety of technologies in the medical device field. Suresh holds a MS in biomedical engineering from the University of Miami and a BS in biomedical engineering from Tulane University.

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Michael Palmer

Michael E. Palmer holds a B.S. in Physics from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the California Institute of Technology. Mike was an early employee of Inktomi Corporation, which pioneered the use of parallel computer clusters for scalable Web search, at its peak serving the majority of all Web search queries, through customers including Yahoo!, AOL, MSN, Hotbot, NTT (Japan), Goto, and others. He founded and led Inktomi’s Directory Engine product group, and later became the CTO of the Search division. After Inktomi, Mike spent a number of years conducting research in the Department of Biology at Stanford University, using computer models to study how evolutionary systems accumulate complexity over macroevolutionary time scales. He applied similar methods to evolve neural network controllers for robotics applications. His most successful angel investment exit to date was Ludic Labs, which was acquired by Groupon prior to its IPO. In the past couple of years, his angel investments include: Peloton, Terrajoule, HiQ Solar, Aquaharvest, Dating Ring, and Next Caller. Mike is currently a startup founder himself, and an alumnus of the Y Combinator accelerator program.

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Ashutosh (Ashu) Pande

Ashutosh (Ashu) Pande is VP Product and Market Development at The Fabric where he works with co-created companies in the cloud/IoT infrastructure space to fine tune their product architecture, feature roadmap, and guides them in identifying early adopters and lighthouse customers. Most recently he was founder and Chief Innovation/ Chief Product Officer at PaySe, an off-line off-chain crypto currency payment system. It is globally the first cryptocurrency to receive approval from federal regulator along with an operating license to use it as a payment solution. Before PaySe, Ashu founded Arogya mHealth to bring preventive health to billions globally by leveraging the power of bio-sensors, big data and big data analytics. This was an IOT system with security as the basic foundation of the platform. Realizing his solution was ahead of its time, he pivoted the company from health towards payment. Before starting Arogya, Ashu was Vice President and General Manager of the Infrastructure Services and Business Unit at Cambridge Silicon Radio (CSR, now Qualcomm). Ashutosh helped CSR develop partnerships, product solutions and tools to allow its customers bring Wireless-GPS products to market and further the adoption and acceptance of its patented AGPS solution. He worked in bringing LBS into emerging markets. In India, his team delivered a SaaS Telematic solution. In a career spanning nearly three decades, Ashu has worked on various products in the mobile ecosystem from chipsets to handsets and most recently in IOT network infrastructure and edge security. Ashu holds a M. Sc. Electrical Engineering from University of Alberta and a B. Tech in Electronics Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra. He is a pioneer in mobile telephony and location technology and is named in over 60 issued patents in India, US, EU, Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea and Australia. Ashu, is an advisor to Your Nest Angel Fund in India and has served on the board of SiRF (NASDAQ: SIRF), CSR India (London: CSR.LN), and Starscriber.

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Demetris Paraskevopoulos

Demetris Paraskevopoulos is the Founder and Managing Director of Nif/T, L.L.C., a new business catalyst consulting firm assisting new companies, or new business within existing companies, to improve their business and marketing direction, structure and negotiate business deals, develop Intellectual Property strategy, enhance the valuation of the firm, and assist with financing and M&A activities. A key emphasis is on the development and monetization of patents. He has held several positions in large and small companies including Tower Semiconductors, USA, Inc. where he served as General Manager and Vice President, and Corporate Business Development, Vice President of Business Development at Fourth Communications Network, Inc. He has directed corporate strategic marketing developments at National Semiconductor, and has also managed the marketing and sales for the board level products. Prior to National Semiconductor, he worked at Xerox Corporation, rising from a design engineer to managing a 100+ person organization in the U.S. and in Europe. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers; American Physical Society; a founder of the Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC); the Association for Corporate Growth, and other professional organizations. He has published over 30 publications in professional journals (IEEE, APS) and Xerox or NSC internal technical reports in the areas of science, microelectronics, technology, economics and management. He also has over 20 professional society speeches, and 4 patents issued. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, National Magnet Lab, Post Doctoral studies in Superconductivity, Instrumentation, and Solid state devices; Boston University, Ph.D. in Physics; University of Rochester, M.B.A. in Financial Economics; Boston University, M.A. in Physics; Brown University, Sc.M. in Electrical Engineering and University of Athens, Greece, Diploma of Sciences.

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Eui-Sook Park

Eui-Sook, Park is a vice chairman of SeAh holdings, a Korean conglomerate with over thirty affiliates, manufacturing the core steel materials used in automobiles, ships, heavy machines, energy production and construction.  As vice chairman, she has been in charge of strategic decision making to maximize the value of group. Before everything else, new business opportunities have been proactively developed to find growth breakthrough; investing in funds, and startups.  Eui-Sook is also president of SeAh foundation, established in honor of Woon-Hyung Lee, the late chairman of the group and her husband in 2013.  As president of SeAh foundation, she has provided support to promising opera singers and supported academic research for musicologists.  In the early 1990's, she founded SeAh metal, offering stainless steel wire and auto parts, and SeAh Networks, providing IT services and technology.  She is currently leading and managing the businesses of two firms.  Eui-Sook has been active on social contributions; donations to establish the Korean museum at the University of Michigan and to install a pipe organ for Jeong-Dong church, which is one of the most historic church in Korea.  She holds a B.S from Ewha University, and MBA from Yonsei University in Korea.

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Todd Parker

Todd Parker has over 25 years of experience in the mobile communications industry and has worked for some of the largest players including Verizon, Vodafone, AirTouch Communications and Pacific Telesis. Todd is Managing Director of Hidden River, a boutique advisory firm dedicated to the mobile industry. Hidden River has invested in and consulted to some of the larger mobile company start-ups in the valley in Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions, and New Product Development. Prior to Hidden River Todd was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer for HR One, Inc., a human resources SaaS company. In less than two years, HR One grew from the “living room” into a 50-employee company with a full HRIS SaaS solution including eLearning modules and payroll integration. HROne was sold to Sage Software in the third quarter of 2002. Prior to HR One, Todd was General Manager of the Northern California Market of Vodafone and later Verizon Messaging with responsibility for all operations of the 175-employee division. Todd successfully turnaround the market taking it from 19th market performer to the 2nd highest performing market in the nation for Verizon. Earlier Todd was VP Marketing and Sales of AirTouch Paging responsible for New Product Development, all national advertising, national retail customers (goodguys, Costco, Target, and others), and national distribution. Prior to VP Marketing and Sales Todd was the Managing Director of Mergers & Acquisitions for AirTouch Communications reporting to the CEO of AirTouch on domestic M&A activity. In total Todd led and managed over 40 transactions with deal sizes ranging from a $1M investment in the first wireless modem company to the $13.5 billion joint venture with U.S. West. He also worked on cable TV acquisitions in the US and in Europe including representing AirTouch in its negotiation with the top cable operators for investment in TV programming. Todd started his career as a consultant with Arthur D. Little, where he advised clients including Apple Computer, KKR and New Zealand Telecom. Todd received a B.S. in Communications and Entrepreneurship from Babson College and holds a Certificate in Wireless Engineering from UC Berkeley. Todd Parker is a Charter Financial Analyst (CFA).

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Pirooz Parvarandeh

Pirooz Parvarandeh has over 30 years of experience in the high-tech sector. He joined Maxim Integrated in 1987 when it was a pre-IPO company. During his 27-year tenure at Maxim, he has played a key role in Maxim’s growth to a $2.4B/year company. As Group President, he has led new product development activities, and has had P&L responsibility for a number of business units whose aggregate revenues were approximately $800M/year. Pirooz led the creation of Maxim’s Automotive Business Unit from the ground up. This business unit has grown to have revenues well in excess of $100M/year. He became Maxim’s first CTO in 2011. As CTO he championed innovation, and led advanced technology development organizations that provided foundational technologies for many of Maxim’s products. Pirooz also led Maxim Labs which is chartered with developing disruptive technologies that have a 3+ year time horizon. In early 2015, he moved on from Maxim to pursue new professional challenges. He currently serves in senior advisory and consulting roles in a broad range of technologies such as Roche’s DNA sequencing unit, and multiple startups in the semiconductor, software and systems areas. Pirooz is also an angel investor in 10’s of start-ups. He has been active in the IEEE where he has served in the Technology Directions sub-committee of ISSCC for the past several years. He is well versed in the areas of technology, strategy, growing and running businesses and the management of highly diverse disciplines.

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Richard Perez

Richard Perez was born in Bolivia, South America. When he was a teen-ager he was advised by his wise and loving father to “ go north young man”. He went to a high school near Columbus, Ohio. Then he obtained his undergraduate degree in Business Administration (with a major in accounting) from the Ohio State University and his Juris Doctorate from Columbia Law School. Richard worked for a national accounting firm (Arthur Andersen) and for a law firm ( Dewey Ballantine) before starting his teaching career. For the past 20 plus years, he has taught accounting or MIS or business computer programming classes at Ohio State, USC, UCLA, and San Jose State. During the past 15 years Richard has been an investor in, or founder of, or advisor of, various start-up companies. Some of them include: RSA, Claria, VivaSmart(purchased by Yahoo), Arca Systems( purchased by Exodus), and many others. He is the Finance Director of Senvid and also the chairman of Tax Technology Research and National Tax Credits Group, start-ups based in Long Beach. He is a CPA and is member of various computer related software groups in Silicon Valley.

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Kurt Petersen

Kurt Petersen received his BS degree cum laude in EE from UC Berkeley in 1970. In 1975, he received a PhD in EE from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Petersen established a MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems) research group while at IBM Research from 1975 to 1982. Since 1982, Dr. Petersen has co-founded six silicon valley companies in MEMS technology: Transensory Devices Inc. in 1982, NovaSensor in 1985, Cepheid in 1996, SiTime in 2004, Verreon in 2008, and Profusa in 2009. Each of these companies have become technical and commercial leaders in the field of MEMS devices and applications. NovaSensor develops and manufactures silicon pressure sensors and accelerometers. The company is now owned by General Electric. Cepheid is now a public company (CPHD) with annual sales over $400M and a market cap of over $3B. The company sells advanced DNA diagnostic products; particularly to the US Postal Service for detecting anthrax in the US mail (all US mail is screened for anthrax using Cepheid systems), as well as eleven FDA-approved human diagnostic tests. SiTime was established with the mission of commercializing MEMS- based resonators for electronic timing products, and transforming a large fraction of the $5B, 40-year-old quartz crystal resonator marketplace. SiTime resonators are cheaper, smaller, more reliable, and perform better than quartz oscillators. SiTime has shipped over 120M resonators since late 2007 and will break in 2013. Verreon was a company developing technology for building MEMS devices on glass and was acquired by Qualcomm in 2010. Profusa is a private company developing implantable glucose sensors. Since 2011, Profusa has been awarded contracts from DARPA and NIH contract totaling over $7M. Dr. Petersen has published over 100 papers, and has been granted over 35 patents in the field of MEMS. In 2001 he was awarded the IEEE Simon Ramo Medal for his contributions to MEMS. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of IEEE in recognition of his contributions to “the commercialization of MEMS technology”.

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Richard Pivnicka

Hon. Richard Pivnicka, was named Honorary Consul General of the Czech Republic in 1994, founded CzechTech, a tech people and VC network in Silicon Valley, which was awarded the Czernin Palace bronze medal by the Czech government ( In 2012, he received his first patent and is currently engaged as an advisor to international venture capital funds and start-ups. He is a frequent speaker and judge at business plan competitions, both in the Bay Area and in Europe. He served as Vice President and General Counsel for Gerson Bakar & Associates for over two decades and is currently a Member of its Board of Directors and its Legal Advisor. The firm is one of the largest developers, owners, and managers of a diversified billion-dollar portfolio of residential, office, and retail properties, which includes Levi’s Plaza World Headquarters in San Francisco and Carmel Plaza Shopping Center. He and his wife Barbara founded Atherton Heritage LLC, an enterprise dedicated to the acquisition, restoration, and sale of significant historic homes. Their restoration of the Mark Hopkins Family Mansion in Atherton, California, received the California Heritage Council’s Award and was selected the Decorators Showhouse. Subsequently, their project, located in San Francisco’s Presidio Heights, was selected as the San Francisco Decorator Showcase house. He holds a BA in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame, an MBA in Finance from New York University, and a JD from the University of San Francisco, where he served on the Law Review. Mr. Pivnicka served in the US Marine Corps Reserves and has been active in numerous international, national and community organizations. Mr. Pivnicka is active in Bay Area and Silicon Valley General Counsel Groups, and is the Vice Chairman and Trustee Emeritus of the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. For over 20 years he has been a Member of the Board of Governors of the Commonwealth Club, the nation’s oldest and largest public affairs forum, where he is currently an Advisory Board Member. He is a sculptor, swimmer, author, documentary film producer and mentor.  A 22-year Woodside resident, he grows and produces wine on his property -- “Bohemia” was named a 2014 award winner in the Golden Gate Wine Society Competition.

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Joan Plastiras

Joan is a real estate broker and investor (80% commercial, 20% residential). She is a certified commercial investment member (CCIM) and a Realtor. Most of her education, training, and experience are in mathematics, statistics, operations research, systems engineering and the application of these methodologies to engineering. Joan has worked in energy (solar and nuclear), consumer and industrial products and facilities (automotive, all-terrain vehicles, chemical and rocket motor plants), terrorism (military facilities and weapons), and aerospace (space payload systems safety, reliability, and quality). Joan worked in two pre-IPO companies (Failure Analysis and Google), but exited early to raise children. As a retail strip owner and Broker/owner of Prospect Properties in Palo Alto, Joan continues to learn from her experiences with small businesses. Joan’s biggest accomplishments include: Leading the first probabilistic risk assessment for NASA on the shuttle main engine main pressurization system (as an employee of Lockheed Research and Development, now Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center, following the loss of Challenger). She presented these results on CNN Investigated a chemical plant fire and identified ball bearing lubrication failure as the cause of the accident (after a team of PhDs from multiple engineering disciplines took six weeks to investigate and failed to identify cause (as an employee of Failure Analysis). Identified a weapon vulnerability that could be exploited by a terrorist; this forcing a major redesign of the weapon, already in manufacture (while at Sandia Labs). It had sensitive political ramifications, as Lawrence Lab severely criticized Sandia for this oversight, and she was cautioned to stop talking about it or would lose her security clearance. Showed that insolation and air conditioning loads were inversely correlated for many sites, thereby proving that central receiver solar plants were not cost-effective as peaking plants (while at Sandia Labs). She presented the results at the International Solar Conference—a paper based on a Sand publication that was, decades later, stolen and sold on Amazon England. Several managers above received a letter from the head of DOE Energy in Washington complimenting the technical rigor of the paper while noting that it didn’t promote solar funding. Used simple Boolean Algebra to show that Google Page Counts were mathematically wrong; presented the result as a bug on the external user interface and was informed that the problem would require a multi-man year, full press re-engineering effort to correct it.
Wrote Quasi-triangular C* Algebras on Hilbert Space, which won honorable mention from the American Mathematical Society for the best dissertation that year. Joan asked a question about an important class of C*algebras that had not been asked before and invented a metric that completely classified all such algebras up to *isomorphism. Education: PhD mathematics UC Berkeley AB mathematics/English Vassar College License: PE mechanical Engineering, CA , M 22362

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Andrew Powell

In 20 years as an executive leader in biotechnology, Andrew Powell has generated more than $20B in shareholder value through a series of successful transactions.  Trained as a lawyer, Mr. Powell has been able to motivate diverse teams to see the strategic intersection between risk management (dull) and value creation (exciting).  He played a key role developing ImClone, InterMune and Medivation into rigorous commercial organizations that were both compliant and equipped for growth in the U.S. and beyond.   Similarly, at CollaGenex Pharmaceuticals and Cornerstone Therapeutics, he helped dynamic leadership navigate change and reinvent IP and regulatory strategies to multiply shareholder value. Mr. Powell’s early experience was in negotiating and managing ex-U.S. joint ventures in developing economies for Baxter International.  He continues to maintain an interest in improving the delivery of healthcare services worldwide, and currently serves as an advisor to the WIN and Red Segura non-profit healthcare initiatives, focused on improving maternal health to underserved populations in Senegal and Honduras respectively. Mr. Powell serves on the board of Aclaris, Inc., a NASDAQ listed pharmaceutical company.  He has also served as a director of BioLeap, Inc. a start-up computational chemistry company, and as an advisory board member at Vicept Therapeutics, a successful dermatology company.  He is a director and Chief Financial Officer of the Robertson Powell Foundation. Mr. Powell attended Winchester College in England, graduated as a Morehead Scholar from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and earned a Juris Doctor degree at Stanford. 

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Mark Putney

Mark Putney has had direct involvement in the high-tech industry since 1984. He has lived in the Silicon Valley since 1978. In 1985 he founded Techsystems Inc. a sales and marketing company promoting high end capital equipment to the semiconductor and printed circuit board assembly industry. The company started from scratch and ultimately exceeded $30M in sales. In 1987 Mr. Putney founded Screen Manufacturing Technologies servicing the PCB assembly industry. After selling his interest for a multiple of 25, the company was sold to an international public firm. Mr. Putney has founded several other businesses in the PCB assembly, electronic product and financial services industries returning well over 200% IRR. He has direct experience with start-ups and has an extensive network of management, manufacturing and marketing contacts and is well connected with the Venture Capital industry in the Northern California and Texas markets. Mr. Putney founded TAT Capital Partners Ltd. in 1997 and contributed in raising 2 funds totaling approx. $120M in venture partnerships. He has made investments in several early stage technology companies. He has served on the Board of Directors for ZF Micro Devices Inc., Surface Interface Inc. (acquired by FEI Company, NASDAQ: FEIC), Optcom Corporation and Scivac Corporation. Mr. Putney is also serving of the non profit Board of Directors of Teen Challenge of Northern California/Nevada for the rehabilitation of teenage drug and alcohol abuse.

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Paul Quadros

Paul has been a member of the Band of Angels since 2006 and served as Chairman or Co-Chair of the Life Science Special Industry Group from its inception in 2008 through 2016. He has also been a very active participant in the Energy SIG. Paul has been an angel investor since 1998 co-founding Tenex Medical, a life science focused angel group with 125 members that invested $30 million in startups, and was its President for eight years. Paul has served as an independent public company director since 1988, including service as Chairman of Audit Committees and Compensation Committees, and Co-chair of a Governance and Strategic Alternatives Committee. In addition he has served as Executive Chairman of Corautus Genetics (NASDAQ), Chairman of Cardiac Science (NASDAQ), both of which were later acquired, and as a director, President & CEO of GenStar Therapeutics, the top performing biotech on the AMEX in 2000. Paul is a “Financial Expert” as that term has been defined under Sarbanes-Oxley. In addition to his service as a public company director, in both the life science and defense electronics industries, Paul has served as a private company director of numerous companies in the life science, and cleantech industries. From 1985 – 1995 Paul was a General Partner of Technology Funding, a venture capital firm that invested $300 million across a broad range of technologies including IT, cleantech, and life science. While at Technology Funding Paul served for three years as Chairman of the Investment Committee, two years as Director of Research, and five years as the Life Science portfolio manager. After an active period of entrepreneurship, including co-founding GenStar, Paul raised a new venture capital fund, Tenex Greenhouse Ventures with a focus on early stage life science startups. He was the Managing Partner of the Greenhouse through 2013. Paul currently serves on the board of directors, or formal advisory board member, of two medical device companies, and two cancer therapy biotech companies. Prior to joining Technology Funding Paul spent five years in the real estate finance industry, including serving as a Senior Vice President of Public Storage, Inc and EVP of its public, affiliated REIT. Before Public Storage, Paul was a financial executive at The Times Mirror Company, which was a Fortune 250, NYSE listed, multi-media organization. Paul holds a BA in Finance from California State University at Fullerton and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

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Mizan Rahman

Mizan is a serial entrepreneur & angel investor who is driven by solving everyday problems with simplistic technical innovations. In 1999, he founded BayBuilder and totally disrupted how fortune 1000 companies negotiate with their supply base. Many prominent companies such as Honeywell, TRW, Bayer, Lenox, PPG industries, Lexmark and others adopted his technology. BayBuilder was acquired by PurchasePro ( NASDAQ: PPRO) in 2001. Mizan then started M2SYS in 2003 and grown it to become a global leader in biometric & identity management technology. M2SYS solutions are used by companies and government from over 100 countries and generated over $75 millions in revenue. He also founded Medilyzer ( – the virtual pharmacist app, GoPine - business managed review platform to capture real-time customer sentiments to augment sparse reviews in yelp and CircleCare ( the family app to inspire & appreciate your loved ones. His latest venture is RightPatient, a digital health company with the mission to eradicate unwanted death because of patient record mix-ups in US hospitals. RightPatient is being used by more than 50 major hospitals to safeguard their over 10 millions patients. Mizan is the recipient of “Technology Innovator of the Year” by InfoWorld. He is a frequent speaker in many US and International conferences, symposiums and universities such as the International Biometric Conference and MIT. He received BS in computer science from Florida Atlantic University and MS in Computational Science & Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Negar Rajabi

Negar Rajabi is a venture partner at NextGen Venture Partners. Previously she was an Entrepreneur in Residence at SRI International where she explored commercializing several patented disruptive technologies focused on robotics, computer vision, artificial intelligence, and advanced sensing. Before that, she sourced and evaluated investment opportunities at Presidio Partners in the areas of 3D printing, drones, Industrial IoT, and digital manufacturing. Negar founded Cemsica, a startup that develops advanced nanomaterial technologies. She has been the winner of NASA prize in Rice Business Plan Competition, the winner of Wharton Venture Award, and Finalist in Caltech, LBS, and Steve Case competitions. In addition, earlier in her career she was a senior mechanical engineer at Schlumberger, Halliburton and WorleyParsons. She has a double Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Negar is an investor member of the Wharton Alumni Angels.

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VK Rajaram

V.K.Rajaram has over 20 years’ experience in the software industry with experience in business transformations, globalization, applications development, implementation, and operations of both a high-growth business and businesses at scale. He is currently a full-time investor as well as an advisor to a professional services company. Prior to this, he was VP - Enterprise Applications Development at Intuit, responsible for enabling the company’s transformation from a desktop software company to a Cloud/Mobile company. Prior to that he spent a number of years at Oracle where he led many initiatives that saw the transformation of solutions at Oracle from character-mode to client-server to web. He was one of the original leaders of Oracle’s transformation to an eBusiness that resulted in eliminating billions of dollars from its cost structure. He was also an executive sponsor for a number of CRM implementations with Oracle's strategic customers. Prior to leaving Oracle, he led the CRM Cloud operations team for a high-growth product that competed with and was responsible for insourcing it as well as building it into a 24x7 global organization. He has a Bachelors in Physics and an MBA in Marketing from University of Bombay.

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Peter Redford

Peter Redford is a veteran Silicon Valley tech CEO, Xerox PARC alumnus and IP litigation expert. Redford’s patents are licensed by most of the world’s top computer, consumer-electronics and media companies, and are used everyday by billions of consumers worldwide. As the inventor of the 2nd screen concept, now called AirPlay (used in AppleTV), Redford is often referred to as the “Father of the 2nd screen.” Redford’s technology credits also include all of the original patents for AutoPlay (used in all DVD players, Blu-ray players, video game consoles and Microsoft Windows), the personal computer sound card (CreativeLabs), Flash (Adobe), the LeapPad (most popular toy ever sold), and one of the original patents for the graphical user interface (GUI). He has a Masters in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Art Reidel

Art Reidel is a Partner in the Band's Acorn Fund and one of the Life Science/Biotech Screening Committee members. Art has helped build and scale profitable businesses in the electronic design automation, pharmaceutical software, semiconductor, and communications industries for more than 30 years. He was most recently CEO of Scintera, a mixed signal wireless IC company he joined in 2006. Prior to joining Scintera, he was co-founder, chairman and CEO of Pharsight Corporation (now part of Tripos International) where he led its IPO in August 2000. He was also president and CEO of Sunrise Test Systems (acquired by Viewlogic Systems) and has held executive positions with Weitek, Interactive Training Systems, and Schlumberger Computer-Aided Systems. In addition to management roles, Art is well known in the investment community. Art is a partner with Horizon Ventures, and was a venture partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners from 2003 through 2005 where he provided management assistance to portfolio companies and was responsible for several new investments. He earlier served as a general partner at ABS Ventures for 7 years where he invested in and was a director of numerous technology-based companies.

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Jim Renfro

Jim Renfro is a 29 year veteran of Corning Incorporated, a leading global manufacturer of LCD display glass, fiber optic cable, labware, and ceramic auto filters. The majority of Jim’s experience has come from managing and creating product lines, with significant focus on manufacturing, sales, and research. In his current role as Tech Accelerator Director at Corning, he is charged with creating business and technology partnerships with emerging technology companies and investors, of which his “corporate membership” in the Band is an example. Jim created and leads Corning’s Tech Angel investment program, based in the Sunnyvale Research Center. Jim holds an MBA in Finance from University of Colorado and BS in Physics from Washington and Lee University. Relevant skills include product definition, market and competitive analysis, intellectual property evaluation, B2B sales & marketing, supply chain management, financial analysis, and strategic partnerships.

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Karen Riley

Karen Riley is an experienced operational executive and board director in enterprise software, services and SaaS companies. She has led businesses in high growth, fundraising, turnaround, and acquisition situations. Karen has been an active angel investor since 2004, a partner with The Angels’ Forum since 2007, and a member of the Band of Angels since 2011. Karen serves on a number of boards/advisory boards, including Loqate, Panterra Networks, Scopix Solutions, TalentSky and Taulia. She has also served as a board director for Specialty's Cafe & Bakery, GeoG2, Portal Software (acquired by Oracle); and on the advisory boards for DeepDyve, Transera Communications, Princeton Softech (acquired by IBM), and VisualizeROI. Prior to that, she was SVP of Global Services at Siebel Systems from 1999 until 2004, where she built and led the worldwide direct sales and delivery of Siebel's professional services, technical and end user education, sales effectiveness consulting, and maintenance contract renewals - a $1B+ business at its peak. Prior to Siebel, Karen had a 20 year career at IBM where she held executive positions in product management, industry solution sales, systems integration and outsourcing services,and asGeneral Manager of IBM Global Services' CRM and Business Process Outsourcing division. She has also served as a mentor for Astia (non-profit for women entrepreneurs) companies, and as a board director for FWE&E (forum for women entrepreneurs & executives) now called Watermark.

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Kurt Robson

Kurt Robson is Founder and CEO of Modern Logic International, a niche market event management and ticketing application. Kurt continues to do 95% of the programming and system administration and the revenue from this business is funding his angel investments. He is also CTO of IT Capital, which mainly invests in mature software companies. Previously, Kurt was with Oracle Corporation for 16.5 years in various roles helping to design and build the Oracle E-Business Suite (ERP) software. He was also directly responsible for development and product management of other product families within the suite. His final role/title was VP Development/Chief Applications Architect responsible for design and architecture for the applications division, a team of over 5,000 engineers. Prior to Oracle, for 8 years Kurt was with Professional Computer Resources, an ERP software company that was acquired by Computer Associates. He helped build ERP applications for IBM Minicomputers, and later transitioned to consulting, pre-sales, and finally sales roles. Kurt holds MBA and BA from the University of Chicago.

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Mario Rosati

Mario Rosati has been with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati since 1971, first as an associate and, since 1975, as a partner. Mario specializes in corporate law, especially as it relates to technology companies. He serves as the managing partner of WS Investments, an investment partnership composed of the partners and associates of the firm. WS Investments has invested in a number of emerging corporations over the years. Mario has been an adjunct professor at the University of California at Berkeley's Haas School of Business, and a guest lecturer at the UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), where he taught new venture finance. Mario has sat as a judge pro-tem in the San Mateo County Superior Court. He also participated in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Task Force to the office of the President Elect, Ronald Reagan. Mario sits on the board of directors of two publically traded companies and a number of privately held companies.

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Steve Rothenberg

Dr. Steve Rothenberg is a nationally known expert in the application of computer technology to business problems. He and his former company, RSI Group, were responsible for numerous innovations spanning the range of microcomputers to mainframe applications, word-processing to database systems. From 1987 through 1999, his company became the leading provider of software systems that help the Collection & Recovery areas of major banks, finance companies, credit card retailers, collection agencies, telecom & wireless providers. Steve has overseen its growth to over 100 employees. RSI Group was sold to London Bridge Software in 1999 for over $20 million. He retired for the first time in February, 2000 and became an angel investor and advisor to several startups. He has been an interim CTO with a travel search startup (SmartTrip), interim CEO with a medical device company (AlterG), and interim CEO with a VOIP telephony manufacturer. He holds a BS from Carnegie-Mellon University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington.

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Paul Russo

Dr. Russo has served as Founder & Chairman of GEO Semiconductor Inc. since 2014, and served as Chairman & CEO from its founding in 2008 to 2014. GEO is a company rich with IP and technology. Its innovative approach of building software and system solutions based upon highly efficient ICs embodies the new successful business model for a technology startup in Silicon Valley. He also serves as a Director of SnapDNA (, Teslonix (, WOO Sports ( and several other start-ups (Peekaboo, Dynamount). Prior to founding GEO, Dr. Russo Founded Silicon Optix in 2000, a privately held fabless semiconductor company, serving as Chairman & CEO through 2008. GEO acquired certain assets from Silicon Optix in early 2009. Prior to Silicon Optix, Dr. Russo was the founder, Chairman and CEO of Genesis Microchip (acquired by ST Micro in 2007) through 2000, including its successful NASDAQ IPO in 1998, and on its board until 2001. Prior to founding Genesis, he was General Manager of GE’s Microelectronics Center, Senior Manager in GE’s Industrial Electronics Group and Head, Microsystems Research at RCA’s David Sarnoff Research Center. While at RCA he worked on the world’s 1st CMOS microprocessor, and pioneered the first use of these devices in global communications (format conversion), programmable video games (RCA Studio II) and automotive engine control (Chrysler). Dr. Russo received his B. Eng. from McGill University and his MSc and PhD in EECS from UC Berkeley. He holds eight U.S. patents, is a Fellow of the IEEE and has received numerous RCA and industry awards, including the IEEE Centennial Medal and the 2006 Tech Pioneer Award from the World Economic Forum. He served as an outside director of ATI Technologies from 2001 through its acquisition by AMD in late 2006, and MoSys, as well as numerous private venture funded start-ups acquired by public entities (e.g., RocketChips – acquired by Xilinx, Atmos – acquired by MoSys). Dr. Russo is a member of the Band of Angels, a volunteer in DEFY (turning ex-cons into entrepreneurs) and is an advisor to several early stage companies and institutional investment entities.

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Jayesh Sahasi

Jayesh Sahasi is a Technology Executive and Investor with significant experience in SaaS, Entrepreneurial ventures, focused on delivering software solutions that add significant value to various customers and industries. From concept, to roadmap, delivery, and sales enablement, a big-picture executive who can also roll up his sleeves and dive into the code. Jayesh has over 20 years of experience in Entrepreneurial Management, and has been Head of Product Management, Product Marketing, Engineering, Systems (SFDC), and Quality Assurance. Jayesh has significant experience with Product Strategy and Execution, having scaled new ventures from $0 to $70MM+ ARR. Jayesh has significant experience managing and steering a company's Intellectual Property portfolio to maximize value and build a moat around the business, and has about half a dozen patents in his own name.Able to consistently meet tight deadlines with a small, cost-effective core team of specialists, Jayesh has excelled at hiring, motivating, managing, retaining, and growing key talent.
-General Management, SaaS, Internet, Rich Media, UX, Marketing, AI, Deep Learning
-Operations, Product Development, Product Management, Product Marketing, Professional Services, Quality Assurance
- Neural Networks, Expert Systems, AI, Machine Learning
- High Scalability, Distributed Software, Weblogic, Java, EJB, JPA, Multi-Threaded applications, Asynchronous processing, Responsive Design, AJAX, HTML5, MPEG-DASH, Node.js, JSON/XML, Mobile, ASP, .NET,

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Mansour Salame

Mansour Salame is an entrepreneur who founded two successful companies. His first startup NextAge Technologies was acquired by Alcatel (NYSE: ALU). His second startup Contactual, was recently acquired by 8x8 (Nasdaq: EGHT). Previously Mansour was an early employee at Genesys and was also a Consultant with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). He has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University and a Masters in Electrical Engineering From Stanford University.

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Antonio Salerno

Antonio Salerno began his career on Wall Street, managing hedged options portfolios and strategies at AG Edwards and EFHutton. His first start-up funding (1981) was a private syndicate for Osborne Computer, although VCs pre-empted the round. After senior executive positions at Motorola, Atari, and Borland, and two Silicon Valley startups, Antonio was the Founder and CEO of Conxion Corp., a high-end hosting and IP network company. Conxion had significant relationships with large high tech companies, including Microsoft, Intel, Cisco, Oracle, and many others. Conxion's achievements included being the only debt-free company in the business, and an 80%+ founder/employee ownership at sale. Conxion was a Gartner "Magic Quadrant" company and received WebHosting's "Iron Man Award" as the most reliable hosting provider. While at Conxion, Antonio conceived of "Web University," an infrastructure and funding partnership for startups, marketed via IBM and (IBM's annual report had two pages about it). Antonio is now CEO of NeuroGrids, a new computing platform of supercomputers grid-connected via the Internet, running commercial applications on mainstream software platforms.

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Carol Sands

Carol Sands is the Founder of The Angels’ Forum and the Managing General Partner of The Halo Funds. She has spent more than 30 years with investing, entrepreneurial, and/or large corporate institutions. A recognized expert on Board of Directors matters for entrepreneurial entities, she is also an instructor at Stanford University. The Angels’ Forum (TAF) has been investing in, mentoring and advising Silicon Valley startups from the seed stage all the way through a meaningful exit since 1997. A diverse group of 25 high net worth private investors, all of whom have created their own wealth via their successful entrepreneurial endeavors and/or senior corporate positions. TAF Members have the capital, time, experience, skills and passion to work with other entrepreneurs to build disruptive and impactful companies. Over the last 18 years, The Angels’ Forum has invested in hundreds of Silicon Valley start-ups. Investment focus ranges from Technology (Software, Internet of Things, Hardware) to Life Sciences (Genomics, Medical Devices, HealthTech) to Consumer Products. Investments include Smart Therapeutics (sold to Boston Scientific), NetScaler (sold to Citrix), Sensant (sold to Siemens), Safeview (sold to L3), PurpleWave (sold to founder at a profit), Bell Biosystems, Ensighten, Glue Networks, Penumbra, Specialty’s Café & Bakery, Spinal Modulation, Taulia, Vidcaster and Cambrian Genomics. While quick returns are nice, TAF is a patient investor and has held worthy investments for more than 10 years. The Halo Fund, a venture capital fund investing in early-stage, Silicon Valley based start-ups with $40 Million under management. Halo Fund I, II, and III have a portfolio mix of Technology, Consumer Products, and Life Sciences companies. In addition to her investment-based responsibilities, Carol is an instructor at Stanford University’s Continuing Studies program. She teaches two classes: Angel Investing for the Serious Investor; and The Effective Start-up Board Member. Known for her candor, she’s a guest lecturer on entrepreneurship and angel investing at other universities and conferences on a global basis. Finally, Carol is also a Director of the Sands Family Foundation which funds early stage and pre-NIH (National Institute of Health) research relating to prostate and ovarian cancers.

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Ted Sapountzis

Ted Sapountzis is currently the Chief Marketing Officer at iCharts, an early-stage SaaS analytics software company. Prior to iCharts, Ted led marketing and product management at NextPrinciples, an enterprise software startup helping companies extract true value from social media. Prior to NextPrinciples, Ted was a VP at SAP. His roles at SAP included building SAP’s social media marketing practices, leading their SaaS BI business and co-leading the corporate strategy group. Ted was previously a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and earlier in his career built and led enterprise software products and businesses at Talus Solutions (acquired by Manugistics) and Sabre. Ted is a licensed private pilot and blogs on leadership, technology and marketing topics at He has written articles on pricing, risk management and network theory in The McKinsey Quarterly and IEEE Computing Futures, and has presented at various social media / social CRM, revenue management and network strategy conferences. Ted holds an MS in Operations Research from Stanford University and a BA in Computer Science and Mathematics from Colgate University.

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Bruce Schecter

Bruce Schechter is an active advisor, consultant or investor in a variety of technology startups, including Life360, Proformative, TreasuryCurve, and Armor Payments. Bruce began his career at Intel Corporation in 1980 and there he served a 17 year tenure in a variety of roles including Fab Process Engineering, Microprocessor Product Management, the Corporate Strategy Group, and Director of Online Marketing in the Corporate Marketing Group. Bruce was on the founding team of Pandesic LLC, a pioneer eCommerce application service provider, where he served as Director of Operations Management and then Director of Strategic Alliances. Bruce is active in non-profit work, including his role as founder and President of the Intel Alumni Network, and mentoring student entrepreneurs at both Stanford University and Purdue University. He received a BS in Physics and Math from Purdue University, where he graduated with Highest Honors and Phi Beta Kappa, and he received an MS in Computer Science from Stanford University.

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Nick (Nader) Shahiar

Nick Shahiar is a seasoned and results-oriented industry veteran with over 30 years of progressive domestic and international experience in software, medical devices and networking. He has established and currently manages Horizon Group investment portfolio leading many successful investments totaling over $125 million dollars as well as leading the commercial investment for Horizon. Prior to Horizon, he held various senior executive, management & technical positions at companies such as Siemens, Infineon, Group Bull, Mitsubishi, Eli Lily, IVAC, ADA Networks, Kestrel & Partex leading & participating in several successful IPOs, mergers & acquisitions. At Siemens, the global giant tech. co, he held several senior management positions including G.M. for management of worldwide Data Communication Business Unit, growing market share to $340M. At Group Bull, the 2nd largest European enterprises net. co., he was CEO for Asian regional division implementing large national enterprise projects, strategic alliances & JVs. As senior VP of product marketing at ADA Networks he developed multi-service metro access platform leading to acquisition. At Kestrel introduced 10G SONET, DWDM product line to market. At IVAC, acquired by Eli Lily, the giant pharma co, he led design & development of medical devices & introduced several successful product launches. In the energy sector he's been active since 1990s. He led an international consortium comprised of several European & Asian ministries of Energy & multi-national companies to implement a $260M gas pipeline between former Soviet Republics. He met & negotiated terms with several European and Asian energy ministers. The project is currently operational providing energy to countries in the region. He established a joint venture company to work with Mitsubishi to implement two 600MW & 450MW combined cycle power plants. Funding was provided by IMF and World Bank. He holds a BSEE and MS in electrical and computer engineering attending University of Michigan and UC San Diego. He has also completed executive management programs at Stanford.

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Bill Shapiro 

Bill Shapiro is a career anesthesiologist with over 25 years of first-hand patient care operating room (OR) experience at the University of California, San Francisco. For his first 15 years, Bill provided anesthesia care to pediatric and adult cardiac surgery patients, and most recently to complex vascular surgery and lung surgery patients. At UCSF, Bill’s healthcare leadership experience included 10 years as Chief of Anesthesia Services at UCSF Mount Zion Hospital, during which time surgery capacity more than doubled to 10 ORs. Bill’s fellowship at the Cardiovascular Research Institute at UCSF focused on heart rhythm abnormalities, resulting in over 20 publications related with pacemakers and other devices for management of heart rhythm irregularities. Bill is interested in combining his first-hand medical experiences with AI to make the OR safer, and adding social media and mobile apps to improve the postoperative experience. He holds a B.S. in Mathematics from University of Maryland (UM) in College Park, an M.D. from UM in Baltimore, and an Executive MBA from Emory University in Atlanta. He visits Spain for language immersion, startup advising, and speaking on “The Smart OR, the OR of the Future”. 

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Harold Shattuck

Harold Shattuck has an extensive track record in developing new companies. With his background in investments, high technology and management, Harold is in a unique position to provide specific recommendations, and coach and guide CEO’s and CFO’s in building their businesses and dealing with the investment community. He has served on many advisory boards. As President and Founder of MC Tecinvest Incorporated, Harold advises clients in operations management, sometimes taking an operating role. Its clients include systems and applications software, wireline and wireless communications, computer storage systems, high frequency computer controlled point-to-point microwave networks and fiber optical cables for electronics. Harold has managed a number of large venture capital funds, both before and after starting MC Tecinvest. At Xerox Venture Capital, where he was the Vice President and Managing Partner, he established the West Coast office to make and manage venture capital investments primarily in the Western United States, and served on a number of boards of directors including: ParcPlace Systems; NetFRAME Systems; Interfax; Springer Technologies; Ballard Energy Systems; and Teradata, a public company. At Montgomery Securities, he was one of three partners responsible for managing several venture capital funds totaling approximately $110 million, and personally responsible for managing a fund investing in early-stage opportunities several of which - Metricom, Symantec and Plax - were very successful. Harold held executive positions at System Industries Inc., Amdahl Corporation, and IBM Corporation, and has been an SEC licensed investment banker.

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Justin Sher

Justin Sher is a software developer, inventor, and investor. He has over 20 years of professional experience in developing internet marketing, reporting, and analytics systems. Previously, he was at Credit.Com for 17 years as a principal engineer developing their affiliate marketing, mobile app, web tracking, analytics and reporting systems. Starting six years ago, Justin developed a breakthrough cognitive enhancing nutritional supplement product known as CILTEP. He promoted the concept on internet message boards, and it became highly popular before a product launched. Four years ago, he teamed up with and helped start Natural Stacks, Inc. to market a product based on the CILTEP concept, which has grown to $200,000 a month in revenue. Justin has developed a total of six highly successful products for them. He holds the patent for CILTEP (US9149457). CILTEP is also currently the subject of three ongoing clinical research studies. Justin also invests in commercial real estate and hotel projects and has made several angel investments in the hardware, internet marketing, and SAAS business space over the previous two years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Business and a Master’s of Science in Computer Science from the University of San Francisco. He lives in Woodside with his wife.

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Eugene Shklar

Gene Shklar is an active angel investor and president of the Shklar Foundation. He is also a founding investor and board member at software-development outsourcing company Lohika Systems ( and board member at several other companies. He retired from Keynote Systems (Nasdaq:KEYN) where he was a Vice President, a Series A and B investor, and a board member. Gene was a founding employee and Executive Director of Product Marketing of Siebel Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:SEBL, acquired by Oracle). He also worked at Gupta Corporation as Vice President of Marketing, at Oracle Corporation as Director of Marketing for both the PC Products Division and the Networked Products Division, at 3Com Corporation as Director of Software Product Marketing, and as Vice President of Marketing and Sales at a relational-DBMS vendor acquired by CompuServe.

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Neil Shroff

Neil Shroff is a Managing Director of Orion Capital Group, a middle-market M&A firm. Neil has led transactions in a variety of industries including SaaS, education, healthcare, manufacturing automation, water, hardware, and telecom. He also teaches a course on mergers and acquisitions deal strategy at Stanford. Neil began his business career as a management consultant at SRI International and a smaller firm (now a part of Navigant Consulting) advising pharmaceutical, medical device, biotech, and material technology companies on acquisitions and defining and executing on strategic objectives. Following that, he led a turnaround of a portfolio company of private equity group Jefferies Capital Partners. Neil subsequently co-founded (and was head of business development) a manufacturing outsourcing firm selling to commercial vehicle OEMs. He led its growth, acquired two companies and led its sale in 2008. In 2011, Neil co-founded (and was CMO and CFO) an online university, that provides students with Juris Doctorates and legal certificates, which was acquired in 2013. In 2014, Neil became the CEO of a venture-backed startup that provides automated bioinformatics analysis of DNA sequencing data for hospitals to diagnose exact strains of viral and bacterial infections. The company merged with Pathogenomix in 2015. Neil grew up in grew up in Japan and the Bay Area, graduating from Gunn High School in Palo Alto. He graduated from UC San Diego with a BS in Bioengineering.

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Alex Shubat

Dr. Alex Shubat has more than 30 Years of experience in the Design, Management and Executive Roles in the Technology industry. Currently he is the CEO of Goji Food Solutions a startup company revolutionizing the food service industry via automated cooking technology. He is also an investor, Board Member and an Executive Advisor to a number of startups. He is a member of the Band of Angels and Silicom Ventures. Alex co-founded Virage Logic in 1996 and served as the company’s president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) until Sept 2010 when the company was acquired by Synopsys. During his tenure as the CEO, the company doubled in revenue, grew profitability, gained market share through both organic and inorganic product expansion, completed three acquisitions and expanded its global footprint. Prior to taking on the role of president and CEO in October 2008, he served as Chief Operating Officer (COO) where he led the company’s strategic initiative to always be first-to-market with next generation products by focusing on operational excellence. Prior to his role as COO, Alex served as the company’s Vice President of Research and Development (R&D) and Chief Technical Officer (CTO) where he was instrumental in leading the technical staff to conceive, develop and deliver the highly differentiated advanced technology solutions for which Virage Logic has become known. Prior to co-founding Virage Logic, he served as director of engineering at WaferScale Integration, a provider of Programmable Microcontroller Peripherals (subsequently acquired by ST). During his 10 year career at WaferScale Integration, he managed various groups including application-specific integrated circuit and high-speed memory. Alex is serving on the Santa Clara University and University of Toronto Industry Advisory Boards and he served on the EDA Consortium (EDAC) Board of Directors. He served on the committee for the IEEE’s International Solid State Circuit Conference (ISSCC) from 2004 to 2006. He holds 28 patents and has contributed to more than 25 publications. He has an executive M.B.A. from Stanford University, a B.S. and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto, Canada, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University.

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Taz Singh

Taz Singh is the founding member of CTI and has over 20 years of experience in tax and business incentives. Starting the business in Sacramento California, he has grown the business from a local specialty tax firm into a multi-million-dollar specialty tax practice with a nationwide presence. Having expanded the firm's services over the years, CTI focuses exclusively on business incentives with a focus on the opportunities that exist when companies make investments in the form of hiring and training employees, making capital investment and conducting research and development activities. CTI is unique as even though it was foundered by CPAs and work exclusively with tax incentives, CTI has a 19-person in-house software team and has developed proprietary technology to manage the various incentives. CTI's core services are the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, Research and Development Tax Credit Studies and Cost Segregation but captures various statutory and discretionary incentives across the country with its comprehensive approach to capturing business incentives. Taz has led the business with a high degree of customer service and a commitment to providing value to its clients at a fair price. By implementing an audit-oriented approach to tax projects supported by tax technical expertise, Taz has helped CTI become a leader in providing tax specialty services to CPAs and directly to businesses. CTI has worked with hundreds of startups over the last 17 years and with the recent changes in tax codes allowing start-ups to monetize R&D, CTI has been recently engaged by 100+ startups to help secure the R&D credit and is the preferred provider of 30+ CPA firms and CFO consulting practices in bay area. Prior to establishing CTI, Taz worked for Deloitte as a Tax Associate and as a Tax Auditor with the California Franchise Tax Board where he was part of key teams setting audit policies on auditing tax credits and was the co-author of the R&D audit guide. Taz holds a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from California State University, San Francisco and is a licensed CPA in the state of California.

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Dean Sirovica

Dean Sirovica is currently VP Business Development for Huawei Technologies USA. Dean is an active member of the Band of Angels, where he led the Energy and Cleantech SIG. Prior to that Dean was Managing Director of Vodafone Group R&D USA, leading Vodafone's R&D activities outside of Europe including Vodafone Ventures. Dean was founding President and Chairman of the Mobile Wireless Internet Forum. MWIF had 100 member companies working to converge mobile, fixed and internet networks. MWIF merged with OMA. Prior to Vodafone, Dean was one of four cofounders of Malibu Networks responsible for product strategy and business development. Prior to Malibu Dean was Director with Sprint PCS where he deployed Sprint’s CDMA network in Southern California & Nevada.Prior to Sprint PCS Dean was a Director at USWEST Technologies where he was responsible for wireless strategy and its integration with fixed access. Dean spent several years in academic research on communications and distributed systems. He is involved with a number of startups. Current and past Advisory Boards: Tatara Systems, Telesoft Partners, Radar Corp. Boards: MWIF, Center for Telecom Management – USC Marshall. Dean holds BSEE and PhD from the University of Sussex, UK, and MBA from Golden Gate University, San Francisco.

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Ian Sobieski

Ian Patrick Sobieski leads the Band of Angels, an exclusive group of high-net worth individuals who were also former officers or founders of many of the high technology companies that made the Silicon Valley famous. Since its inception, the Band has invested approximately $230M into 270 startup companies helping to create more than 4,000 jobs. Of these companies, more than 54 have exited for a profit to Band of Angels investors and 10 have had IPOs. Dr. Sobieski has been a founding partner of three Band related seed venture funds totaling $65M in capital, and a partner at a $120M early stage venture fund. He is currently helping invest the Band Acorn Fund, which backs entrepreneurs who have the strategy of building profitable companies or exiting on the Fund's sole investment. His previous two funds were focused on seed round financings as stepping stones to larger VC rounds. Ian has made more than a hundred early stage investments and has served on twenty boards of directors. Seven of his investments have exited for a gain via M&A including SeaDragon Software, Quorum Systems, Nellix, Novus Packaging, and Ordinate. Two of his investments have gone public on the Nasdaq: Genitope and PortalPlayer. Ian is a frequent speaker, lecturer, and commentator in entrepreneurship and startup issues in the Silicon Valley and nationally. He is the author of a dozen technical publications and is a former lecturer in the Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology at the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Sobieski has a Ph.D. and MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University, and a Philosophy BA as well as a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Tech. He is a founding board member of the Angel Capital Association and is a member of the Venture Capital Network, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the National Ski Patrol Alumni Association. Ian serves on the Board of Meals on Wheels of San Francisco.

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Gopal Solanki

Gopal Solanki has over 30 years of engineering expertise, general management, and leadership in semiconductor and related fields. He served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Magnum Semiconductor, Inc., a video compression processor and software developer for the broadcast market. He was with Magnum Semiconductor from February 2008 until its acquisition in April 2016 and was responsible for the worldwide operations. Gopal joined Magnum from NVIDIA Corporation, where he had most recently served as the Senior Vice President for NVIDIA’s rapidly growing chipset business, which he built to a position of worldwide market prominence. During his 12 years at NVIDIA he also led the development of several successful products in the company's successful line of GPU (graphics processor unit) chips. During more than two decades in the semiconductor industry, Gopal has also held engineering and management positions at Weitek Corporation and Intel Corporation. Gopal holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, and M.S. in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University, New York.

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Rakesh Sood

Rakesh Sood is currently Managing Director of Sood Ventures, the firm he founded for his investment and advisory services practice. He also serves as Venture Advisor to NTT Docomo which currently manages multiple funds for strategic interest to NTT and Docomo. Earlier, Rakesh served as Venture Advisor to Docomo Capital directing the investment activity of Docomo Capital’s $100m fund in mobile/wireless start-ups in N. America, while delivering significant strategic benefits to Docomo. The portfolio of 26 companies accumulated over the past 8 years ranks in the top quartile of returns in the venture capital industry. Recruited as a Partner for Reed Elsevier Ventures, Rakesh Sood previously established the Silicon Valley headquarters for the London- based media company’s strategic venture operation in the US, generating stellar returns for the fund. Prior to joining Reed Elsevier Ventures, Rakesh was a General Partner at Sprout Group in Menlo Park. Prior to his career as a VC, Rakesh was a leading senior equity analyst at Goldman Sachs in New York, and prior to that at Hambrecht & Quist in San Francisco where he did pioneering work in wireless, Internet and software sectors. In senior operating roles prior to becoming an analyst, Rakesh was worldwide director of marketing and business development at AT&T's Personal Communications Systems division, and previously held sales and marketing positions at Hewlett-Packard and Intel. Throughout his career, Rakesh has engaged in several professional organizations, quoted extensively in business and technical publications, and an invited speaker at major industry conferences. Rakesh received a BSEE/CS (with Distinction) from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi, India; an MSEE from the State University of New York, Stony Brook; and an MBA (Dean's List) in finance from the Wharton School.

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Eli Sternheim

Dr. Eli Sternheim has more than 25 years of experience in engineering, management, entrepreneurship, business and investment. He received his B.Sc. in EE from the Technion in 1969, and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in EE from Carnegie Mellon University in 1971 and 1974, respectively. Eli worked at the Westinghouse R&D center before moving to Silicon Valley. Here he has worked for a few startups, such as Trilogy, Zoran and Nexgen (later went public and was acquired by AMD). In 1991 Eli co- founded interHDL, a software electronic design automation (EDA) company where he was the president and CEO. He wrote the book "Digital Design and Synthesis with Verilog HDL" and served as the chairman of the Architectural Committee for Open Verilog International (OVI). In 1998, interHDL was sold to Avant! Corporation. Since 1995 Eli has been investing in high-tech startups, such as Ambit (sold to Cadence for $260M), Magma (IPO in 2001), InterVideo (IPO in 2003) and many others. He currently holds a portfolio of a few dozen companies and serves on the advisory boards of Knowlent, Atrenta and RunTime Design Automation.

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Phil Strause

Phil Strause has 40 years of management consulting experience focused on strategy and business planning, corporate governance, financial management and operations. He has in-depth expertise in the financial services industry working with commercial banks, investment banks, brokerage firms, insurance companies and other specialized financial institutions. He was a member of the firm’s Financial Services Leadership Team from 1988 through his retirement in 2006. From 1997- 2003, he was Practice Director, Asia Pacific Africa Financial Institutions Practice, for Deloitte Consulting based in Hong Kong. In that capacity, Mr. Strause led Deloitte’s consulting practice to financial services firms in Japan, Greater China, Southeast Asia, Korea, Australia and South Africa, quadrupling the business and integrating the practices across the region. Mr. Strause directed projects throughout Asia including helping to start the retail securities business of a major global brokerage firm in Japan, reengineering the back office functions of one of Korea’s largest banks, working with the People’s Bank of China to develop improved governance processes for the State Owned Commercial banks and developing a more effective organizational structure for a major Provincial Branch of China’s largest bank. He wrote frequently in regional publications, spoke at financial institution conferences across the region and is currently Chairman of the Advisory Committee for the Asian Banker Retail Banking Awards. From 1993-1997, Mr. Strause led Deloitte’s global financial management service line which included Value Based Management, Performance Measurement, Strategic Cost Management and Activity Based Costing, Cash Flow Productivity, Shared Services and Reengineering the Finance Function. From 1983-1992, Mr. Strause was Managing Director of Deloitte Consulting’s San Francisco practice. In 2005 and 2006 Mr. Strause led the planning and implementation of Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy and Operations Advisory Center in Hyderabad, India. The Center is a unique business model in India in that Advisory Center consultants are integrated with US and global consulting teams to offer around the clock research, analysis and solution development services to Deloitte clients in the high tech, telecommunications, health care, life sciences, financial services and manufacturing industries. Mr. Strause is an early stage investor in several Band and non Band companies He is on the Board of several non profits. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (BSEE, 1965) and the Harvard Business School (MBA, 1967).