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Orange County Venture Capital Fast Pitch Conference

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The Cove at UC Irvine Applied Innovation

5141 California Ave

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Irvine, CA 92697-7700

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Pitch and network with venture capitalists, angels and accredited investors from Southern California, Silicon Valley and throughout the country at the Orange County VC Fast Pitch Conference.

Black Dog Venture Partners has hosted investor events throughout the west and has raised millions of dollars for start ups as a direct result of our fast pitch conferences.

Investor Panel:

Scott Kelly, Black Dog Venture Partners

Scott Kelly Founder and CEO of Black Dog Venture Partners, is a 25 year fundraising, marketing, sales, training and publicity veteran. Scott has raised millions of dollars in capital for disruptive companies, garnered national media coverage for hundreds of regional and national brands and generated millions of dollars in revenues for the companies he has represented. He has also trained over 1,000 sales people and has taught marketing at the university level in the United States and Europe.

Joshua Lee Founder & Managing Director, Two Coins Group

Joshua is loving life as an investor and entrepreneur in Southern California’s growing “Silicon Beach.” Having founded several funds and projects that expand across many global markets, he is especially interested in partnering with growing companies in the mobile, gaming /entertainment, and specialized IP industries.

Previously, he led several teams in the Quantitative Services Group at Ernst & Young, and primarily focused his career in the two sectors that he is most passionate about: R&D and Technology. His responsibilities included maximizing cash flows by aligning tax and business strategies together. This included performing extensive industry, company, and transactional analyses in conjunction with both corporate finance and advisory engagements.

Eventually, his experiences above naturally led him to become an investor, working adviser, and/ board member in different types of companies (e.g., from start-up to Fortune 100 companies). His areas of expertise and interests include practice strategy, process infrastructure, initial business planning, and paying customer / partner acquisition.

Janice Orlando Private Investor - Board of Directors, Pasadena Angels

The Pasadena Angels was founded in 2000 and is one of the longest running angel investing groups in Southern California. We have invested over $75 million in 190 plus companies. Pasadena Angels funded companies have gone on to raise over $500 million from additional funding sources such as venture capital and private equity. Recent notable exits for the Pasadena Angels are Mind Body Software (NASDAQ:MB) reaching $1 billion and Bluebeam Software, acquired by Nemetschek for $100 million. The Pasadena Angels has been consistently ranked as one of the top ten angel investing groups in the country according to Forbes Magazine (2015) and Angel Resource Institute's HALO report (2017). A nonprofit entity, the Pasadena Angels offers early stage start-ups capital investments; as well as mentoring from the expertise of more than 100 investor members with over 4,000 years of combined business expertise. Our $1.5 million PA Fund 1 was formed in 2016 with the sole purpose of co-investing exclusively in deals subscribed by Pasadena Angels members.

Sasha Talebi, Founder/Managing Partner of Sequence Venture Group

Sasha Talebi is founder and Managing Partner of Sequence Venture Group, an early-stage venture capital investment and advisory firm headquartered in Newport Beach, California.

Over the past two decades, Mr. Talebi has launched or helped fund operating companies across a range of industries including ecommerce, wireless, mobile, enterprise software, financial services, healthcare services, clean energy, social media, and data analytics.

In conjunction with his work in the startup community, Mr. Talebi plays a critical role in technology transfer and commercialization of advanced integrative science projects through his relationships with university research groups, private think tanks and academic institutions.

Mr. Talebi serves on the boards of several venture-backed companies, non-profit organizations and public-private partnerships.

Prior to launching Sequence, he managed investment portfolios for hedge funds of various strategies on behalf of multinational family offices and private banks.

Mr. Talebi is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine where he earned a bachelor’s degree in astrophysics and an MBA from the Paul Merage School of Management.

Rob Vickery - Partner & Co-Founder

Rob is a Co-Founder of Stage Venture Partners, which is a seed venture capital fund that invests in emerging technology for B2B markets.

Stage invests in Founders building frontier technology for enterprise clients. We offer access, services, and expertise that are unique in our market, leading to remarkable results for our portfolio.

We are not thesis, geographic or sector focused, but instead business model focused. We invest only in software companies that solve problems for companies, monetizing either through SAAS or transaction fees.

Before founding Stage with Alex Rubalcava, Rob held a number of executive roles within large financial institutions in the UK and the US, mostly making and managing large scale technology and entertainment investments. He has also spent a number of years working and advising a range of international music and film talent on embracing with new forms of technology.

Rob is also on the boards and committees of the British Academy of Film Television Arts (BAFTA) LA Games, British American Business Council, South Central Scholars and the Chairman of the School of Business & Entrepreneurship at Dorsey High School. In his downtime, Rob is an amateur paleontologist, outdoors enthusiast, snowboarder and gaming addict.

Mark S. Vreeke, Chemical Angel Network

Mark S. Vreeke, PhD—Dr. Vreeke is a cofounder of the Chemical Angel Network. The Chemical Angel Network provides a source of capital for early stage firms that converge with the chemical sector in the materials, measurement and manufacturing space.

Previously, Dr. Vreeke served as vice president of R&D for Rational Biotechnology, a Rational Systems spin-off. Rational Biotech’s mission was to speed the adoption of personalized medicine through the development of combined IVD and drug therapy products. Rational Biotech identified a novel route to the delivery of personalized therapy without the requirement of massive clinical trials. He also served as the Senior VP of R&D at Pepex Biomedical (St. Louis, MO). Pepex is an early stage medical device company specializing in developing, manufacturing and marketing disposable miniaturized electrochemical biosensors.

Earlier in his career, Dr. Vreeke held research positions at TheraSense. At TheraSense he contributed to the successful transfer of glucose sensor technology from the University of Texas. This was one of the most profitable technology transfer plays for any university outside of the drug space. The company was originally funded through the SBIR program and can be counted as one of the SBIR program’s biggest successes.
He graduated from Calvin College with a BS in chemistry and went on to receive a PhD in analytical chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin. He is currently a member of the editorial advisory board of IVD Technology and is a visiting professor in the chemical engineering department at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, Spain). He sits on several academic, industry, and corporate boards. Academic honors include a Dow Scholar, Welch Fellow and Woodrow Wilson Fellow.

Hunter Slay Partner, Oxford Capital

Hunter has assisted pre-revenue, start-up and middle-market businesses in a variety of industries. He has worked with city officials, architects, engineers, public offices, etc. in the process of commercial real estate development to help facilitate healthy growth strategies and models for the communities in which Oxford Investment Partners has invested. Internally, he maintains OIP project schedules to ensure smooth operations while striving to construct new avenues of revenue for company growth. His personal areas of interest are VR/AR, Blockchain, music, and golf.

Suraj Rajwani - DoubleRock General Partner

Suraj is the co-founder and managing partner of DoubleRock. He has over ten years of management, investment, and M&A experience in Silicon Valley, China, and India. He was previously the Managing Director of the Global Entrepreneurs Network Organization (GENO) in Singapore. Suraj is an expert on multinational company branding, exit strategies, and deal origination.

Joe Kaiser Director, Mercato Partners

Joe Kaiser is a director at Mercato Partners, a growth equity investment firm focused on technology and consumer industries. Joe supports entrepreneurs by leveraging over 15 years of financial, operational, and start-up experience. Joe is actively engaged with Mercato portfolio companies Central Logic, Ephesoft, and Venafi. Immediately prior to joining Mercato, Joe served as a director of capital markets at Vivint Solar, where he raised in excess of $1 billion in project financing and led several successful corporate development initiatives. Vivint Solar achieved a successful IPO in 2014 at a valuation of approximately $1.6 billion. Prior to joining Vivint Solar, Joe worked at the Blackstone Group, where he advised investors, activists, and corporate clients; completed mergers and acquisitions, and structured finance transactions, including Blackstone’s acquisition of Vivint Solar and its sister company, Vivint, Inc.

Growing up in a small Midwestern town, Joe received an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.S.B.A. from Saint Louis University.

Wayne Rickard, Executive Committee / Investor, Tech Coast Angels.

Tech Coast Angels (TCA) is the largest and most active groups of angel investors in the United States. Since its founding in 1997 TCA members have invested over $100 million in 155 ventures, coupled with over $1 billion from co-investors; mostly VC firms.

Jon Warner Organizational Strategy, Digital Health Expert, Entrepreneur and Best-Selling Author

5 time company CEO, Jon Warner is a widely respected entrepreneurship expert having founded and led 3 startups (with 2 successful exits). Jon’s career started in the corporate world with Air Products and Chemicals, working in the US and across Europe before joining Exxon-Mobil. At Exxon, Jon worked in the UK, the US, Australia, and Nigeria, ending his career there as Deputy CEO.

Following his 15 years in the corporate world Warner founded and grew a management consulting business-The Worldwide Center for Organizational Development, which had 30 people carrying out a range of strategy assignments for large companies such as Ford Motor Company, L’Oreal, British Airways, HSBC, Microsoft, Glaxo, Foster-Wheeler, Toyota, Johnson and Johnson, Coca-Cola, PWC, The UK NHS, Roche and MasterCard. Much of this work focused on building an innovative culture and establishing greater internal entrepreneurship skills.

Following his time as a management consultant Warner was CEO of 2 startups-a digital publishing company and a Bill-pay and payments software platform that operated in the US, UK, and Australia. Since his successful exit from the latter Warner has been working from a California base to coach, mentor and invest in disruptive start up companies, especially in the area of technology deployment and digital health in particular. Warner manages the deal flow into a Los Angeles based Healthcare investment fund-Adaptive Health Capital.

Warner’s career has included senior executive roles in marketing, business development, operations, logistics, finance, investment, human resources and engineering/technology.

Warner is a noted speaker at businesses and colleges across the world. He is also a prolific author having published 40 books, all concerning business, management, leadership, innovation and technology.

A native Englishman, Warner moved from the UK to Australia for 15 years before relocating to Los Angeles in 2004. Warner is a graduate of the top 5 Warwick University in the UK, with a double bachelor’s degree in philosophy and politics and an MBA (with a finance specialism). Warner also has a PhD in Psychology (with a specialism in Neuro-science). Warner sits on the Board of St Barnabas, LA’s largest Aging in place non-profit, Is LA Chapter Ambassador for Aging 2.0 and is Co-chair of the annual “Aging into the future” conference in LA. He is also an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at UC Riverside. He is married to psychologist, management consultant and author Anne Sandberg, and has four grown up children.

John Samuelson, Karas Partners Inc.

John Samuelson provides investment placement management and related operations from the venture’s initiation through success, predominantly with Karas Partners. John’s focus includes managing initial deal flow review, providing technical, business and financial due diligence and transaction closure operations, while counseling those investment opportunities with their internal needs, along with providing post closure business operations supporting the investment and venture’s success.

John has an expansive history providing disruptive technology development, operations leadership and investment support, including business advisory, transactional due diligence and financial management. John’s international experience includes: Blockchain, Fintech, Crypto’s; Energy and Water Systems Development; Renewables; Deep Water Energy Systems; Telecommunications and Silicon Device Development; Aerospace Systems; Cellular Systems; Life Support and Medical Systems.

John Livesay, "The Pitch Whisperer"

John Livesay is known as “The Pitch Whisperer.” He helps founders create a pitch that makes them magnetic to the right investors.

As a keynote speaker, John has captivated audiences in settings such as Coca-Cola’s CMO Technology Summit in Silicon Valley. He is also the author of The Successful Pitch: Conversations On Going From Invisible To Investable and the host of “The Successful Pitch” podcast, which is heard in over 60 countries.

He is currently the Co-Founder, CMO of QuantmRE where he helped raise $1.7M in a seed round in 90 days. QuantmRE helps homeowners get cash for the equity in their home without taking on more debt. It is using the blockchain to create a token that allows people to own real estate without the headaches of being a landlord.

John has appeared on TV as the expert on “How To Ask For What You Want And Get A Yes.” . During a 20-year career in media sales with Conde Nast, John worked across all 22 brands in their corporate division, and was the recipient of salesperson of the year honors.

John currently lives in Los Angeles with his two King Charles Spaniels who welcome him home after he returns from his keynote talks, reminding him of the importance of belly rubs

Scott Fox – Entrepreneur, Author, Investor, Mentor

SCOTT FOX is a serial Internet Entrepreneur, 4x best-selling Author, Startup Mentor, and Angel Investor. He has founded, worked for, or coached hundreds of startups since raising his first VC round in 1996. These range from small lifestyle businesses based on his best-selling books about Internet entrepreneurship to VC-backed firms in the US and Europe to founding the digital division of a Fortune 500 multi-national company to high-profile celebrity-driven e-commerce properties.

Today he specializes in startup strategy, business development, fundraising, and scaling the operations of early stage companies. This is mostly for his own ventures, but also for some consulting clients, as a mentor or board advisor, as a MasterMinds group leader, or for companies in which he’s invested.

In Orange County he’s pleased to host #MasterMindsOC, a monthly startup coaching workshop community service supported by sponsors like local law firms, Cox Business, and Silicon Valley Bank. Online he’s the Host of the MasterMinds Startup Founders Forum (www.MasterMindsForum.com) that’s been coaching entrepreneurs worldwide since 2009.

Scott Fox is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Stanford Law School, and a popular guest speaker in broadcast media and at conferences and universities worldwide.


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