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

Bill Loesch Web Services

Bill Loesch
Web Services

V.K. Rajaram Software

V.K. Rajaram
Software

Paul Twombly Communications

Paul Twombly
Communications

 

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

Mark Putney Membership Committee

Mark Putney
Membership Committee

Karen Riley Membership Committee

Karen Riley
Membership Committee


Special Interest Group (SiG) Chairs

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sanjiv Taneja Accelerators

Sanjiv Taneja
Accelerators

Michael Geilhufe AgFood Tech

Michael Geilhufe
AgFood Tech

Robert Kyle Luminary

Robert Kyle
Luminary

Jack Guedj Venture Capital

Jack Guedj
Venture Capital

Aron Bohlig Digital Disruption

Aron Bohlig
Digital Disruption

Ron Weissman Software

Ron Weissman
Software

Thomas Dittler AeroAstro

Thomas Dittler
AeroAstro

Larry Kelly Energy

Larry Kelly
Energy

Heather Crawford Software

Heather Crawford
Software

Jacques Vallée AeroAstro 

Jacques Vallée
AeroAstro 

Mike Bates Life Sciences

Mike Bates
Life Sciences

Kurt Peterson Wearables, Consumer & Semiconductor

Kurt Peterson
Wearables, Consumer & Semiconductor

Jaleh Daie AgFood Tech

Jaleh Daie
AgFood Tech

Rich Juelis Life Sciences

Rich Juelis
Life Sciences

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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.