About our team

The Band of Angels is one large team. A permanent staff helps coordinate its activities, some members serve on the standing committees. 

 
  Ian Sobieski  Chairman

Ian Sobieski
Chairman

  Sonja Markova  Executive Director

Sonja Markova
Executive Director

  Shayna Modarresi  Deal Manager

Shayna Modarresi
Deal Manager

  Craig Pritsky   Life Sciences Fellow

Craig Pritsky
Life Sciences Fellow

  Tim Taylor   Presentation Coach

Tim Taylor
Presentation Coach

  Ed Canty  CFO

Ed Canty
CFO


Deal Screening Committee

 
  Ian Sobieski  Chairman

Ian Sobieski
Chairman

  Mike Bates  Life Sciences

Mike Bates
Life Sciences

  Juan-Antonio Carballo  Semiconductor

Juan-Antonio Carballo
Semiconductor

 
 
  John Ferrell  Miscellaneous

John Ferrell
Miscellaneous

  Jim Ashford  Miscellaneous

Jim Ashford
Miscellaneous

  Rakesh Sood  Software

Rakesh Sood
Software

  Chris Meyer   MIscellaneous

Chris Meyer
MIscellaneous

 

Membership Committee

 
  Ken Arnold  Membership Committee

Ken Arnold
Membership Committee

  Brian Frenzel  Membership Committee

Brian Frenzel
Membership Committee

  Craig London  Membership Committee

Craig London
Membership Committee

  Liliana Nordbakk  Membership Committee

Liliana Nordbakk
Membership Committee

  Karen Riley  Membership Committee

Karen Riley
Membership Committee

 

Special Interest Group (SiG) Chairs

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Sanjiv Taneja  Accelerators

Sanjiv Taneja
Accelerators

  Aron Bohlig  Digital Disruption

Aron Bohlig
Digital Disruption

  Ron Weissman  Software

Ron Weissman
Software

  Bill Loesch  Venture Capital

Bill Loesch
Venture Capital

  Thomas Dittler  AeroAstro

Thomas Dittler
AeroAstro

  Larry Kelly  Energy

Larry Kelly
Energy

  Ron Burns  Software

Ron Burns
Software

  Jaleh Daie  AgFood Tech

Jaleh Daie
AgFood Tech

  Mike Bates   Life Sciences

Mike Bates
Life Sciences

  Kurt Peterson  Wearables, Consumer & Semiconductor

Kurt Peterson
Wearables, Consumer & Semiconductor

  Pat Guerra  Art of the Deal 

Pat Guerra
Art of the Deal 

  Rich Juelis  Life Sciences

Rich Juelis
Life Sciences

  Bruce Walicek  Wearables, Consumer & Semiconductor

Bruce Walicek
Wearables, Consumer & Semiconductor

  Basant Kedia  Blockchain

Basant Kedia
Blockchain

  Robert Kyle  Luminary

Robert Kyle
Luminary

  Jack Guedj  Venture Capital

Jack Guedj
Venture Capital

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Videos: Financing Your Venture

Ian Sobieski, Chairman of the Band, highlights the benefits and specialties of angel investors, underlines the keys to finding and engaging an angel, and defines how to get the most out of your relationship with your investor after the deal is made. Videos courtesy of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.