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San Francisco VC Fast Pitch Conference

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San Francisco State University Downtown Campus

835 Market St

San Francisco, CA 94103

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Pitch and network with venture capitalists, angels and accredited investors from Silicon Valley and throughout the country at the San Francisco Venture Capital 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.

Michael Hool, Hool Coury Law

Michael Hool is our founding Partner and is a pioneer in the field of venture formation and financing in the Southwest and California. Michael works with select companies as an advisor, legal counsel and periodically serves in executive and board capacities. Michael practice is focused primarily on corporate and commercial representation, securities, finance and venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance matters, and all aspects of counseling emerging companies. He represents both issuing companies and investors in a large variety of financing transactions. In the past fiscal reporting year, the firm has assisted entrepreneurs in over $187 million in funding transactions and has assisted funds raise over $100 million for investment in emerging companies.

Michael represents or advises accelerators, incubators, and has formed three active angel investment groups, including ATIF (predecessor to AzTech Investors) and Canyon Angels. Michael has chaired or served on the board of Arizona Venture Capital Conference, BioAccel, AzTech Investors, Canyon Angels, and the Indus Entrepreneurs. Mr. Hool is currently active in formation of three separate seed stage investment funds. Mr. Hool is highly sought after as a speaker and author of papers on a broad variety of topics. Michael is also active as an investor in a growing portfolio of emerging companies.

Safa Rashtchy Managing Director, Think + Ventures, LP
Safa is the General Partner and the founder of Think+. He has been an investor in Silicon Valley for more than 15 years, with over 30 investments, including seven exits. Safa has a passion for helping visionary founders create a game-changing environment for their customers. He focuses on scalable businesses that address a major pain point, especially those that can reach favorable unit economics. He is also interested in disruptive ideas in digital health and consumer-centric design. His advice often helps startups with positioning, long-term strategy that leverages the trends in the market, and financial planning to reach the milestone for the next round.

Jiazi Guo, Venture Capitalist/ Investor

UC Berkeley alumni, Entrepreneur since age 16. Formerly Investment Banker, Hedge Fund. Currently active venture capitalist and mentor at TechStars, alchemist accelerator, 500 startups, plug-n-play.

Aakash Jain - Investor at Venture University

Previously, he was an advisor to several seed and growth-stage startups on their operational and fundraising goals, predominantly focused on the fintech and consumer verticals. Before that, he sourced and evaluated investment opportunities at Jump Capital in the areas of robotics, fintech, agtech and cybersecurity. Aakash co-founded Airport Sherpa, a startup that delivers food and retail to your gate inside the airport. Aakash also co-founded and is the Membership Lead of the Booth Bay Area Angel Network. Earlier in his career, Aakash developed algorithms for automated trading at Morgan Stanley. He holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from the Booth School at the University of Chicago, and a Masters in Computer Science from Cornell University. Aakash was a member of the founding class at Jacobs University in Germany, where he earned a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Dan Farrell Chairman & CEO Privos Capital

Mr. Farrell is the Chairman & CEO of Privos Capital, a global Multi-Family Office (MFO) LP investment firm.

As a multi-family office, our family office partners run successful private equity firms, secondaries, sovereign wealth funds, hedge funds, fund of funds, real estate funds, venture capital firms, wealth and asset management firms, foundations, endowments, multi-national corporations, early-stage venture firms, foundations, global and local businesses.

Our family office partners own international corporations, including national airlines, global shipping companies, African mining companies, Hollywood studios, Australian junior mines, US real estate funds, Hong Kong global businesses, US private equity secondary funds, Argentinian vineyards, Canadian oil sands energy companies, London property companies, and Arab surgical centers and hospitals. We bring an impressive club of worldwide influence, business experience, and wealth. Our partners are both LPs and GPs mixing it up on the world stage. To work with our firm, you must a family office passionately engaged in changing the world.

Our People have deep experience helping family offices turn highly complex and confidential financial problems into opportunities and successful liquidity events, whether from an IPO or successful trade sale. We are experts in working with the Next Generation, Millennial ("NextGen") family office investors and family members who embrace ESG, SRI and sustainable investments.

Nuno Goncalves Pedro - Strive Capital

Nuno is Grishin Robotics' Venture Partner. Grishin Robotics is a series A and B Sand Hill firm focused on Smart Hardware with investments in companies such as Zume Pizza, Starship, Zipline, Spin, Yellow, Ring and others. He is also the Managing Partner & Founder of Strive Capital, the San Francisco Bay area's first quant micro-VC firm, now focused on "deep" AI and Blockchain, with investments in companies like AppAnnie, KeepSafe and Gusto. He has had a 22 year career in Tech as a Product Manager, Operator, Investor and Board member in the Bay area, Europe and Asia, and was previously a Senior Expert and member of the Asia-Pacific leadership team at McKinsey & Co, based in Beijing.

Aaron Michel Partner at 1984 Ventures

1984 Ventures, a seed stage venture capital firm in San Francisco. Prior to that he founded PathSource, a venture-backed startup that rose to be the top career app in the Apple App Store and was acquired in 2017. Named an Innovation Rockstar by the Boston Business Journal, Aaron has written for Entrepreneur Magazine, Fast Company and a range of business outlets. He graduated from Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Rohit Gupta - Plug and Play Ventures

UC Berkeley alumni with previous experience in consulting and investment banking at Deloitte and Credit Suisse. Previously, Rohit was a Product Manager at ShieldX Networks, a cybersecurity startup, and helped the company grow from series A to series B. Rohit is currently an investor at Plug and Play Ventures, which focuses on seed and series A deals, with investments in companies including Dropbox, Paypal, Guardant Health, Rappi, and others.

Garrett Cecchini - Angel Investor, Corporate Reorganization Specialist, Venture Capital

Co Authored 2 Vol hard cover law-guide primarily marketed to Corporate legal professionals and law libraries as a resource ; Callaghan & Co Law Book Publishers; Quick Reference Guide to Complex Process's in Title 11 United States Bankruptcy Code .. [Corporate Reorganizations] Legal "Best Seller"

Ben Bergsma- senior associate for Munich Re Ventures (MRV) in the Bay Area

Prior to MRV, Ben spent time as an investor at Samsung NEXT Ventures and Alpha Venture Partners. Ben began his career in VC by launching JetBlue Technology Ventures in Silicon Valley. Previously, he was the CEO of SeatAdvance, a mobile software startup focused on the travel sector. Ben holds an MBA from Columbia Business School where he was the president of the Venture Capital Club and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Claremont McKenna College.

At MRV, Ben focuses on Series A-C investments in the InsurTech, FinTech, and IoT verticals with check sizes ranging from $1M-$15M. His deals include Hippo, Forge (fka Equidate), Slice Labs, and Augury, among others.

Brandon L Drew - Partner SaaS Growth Ventures

Brandon is a 5x founder/founding employee with 2 exits. He focuses on sales operations and finance for SaaS B2B companies with a strict focus on sales revenue. Prior he was an Investment Advisor at Merrill Lynch on a team managing $450MM in assets focusing on Alternative Investments and Structured Products. He has opened and managed subsidiaries in Switzerland, Poland, The Netherlands and JVs in Japan and UK. Has generated 3-5x annual sales growth at several SaaS companies over the span of his career. He is also a mentor a 500 Startup, HWY1 IoT Accelerator and a Board Member at Cal Poly SLO Alumni.

Marisa Alma McGinnis - Managing Director, Golden Seeds (www.goldenseeds.com)

LP, Blumberg Capital Management Fund III (www.blumbergcapital.com)

WABA (Women Angels of the Bay Area) member

Undergraduate Degree in Microbiology

Attorney, licensed in the State of California

Real estate broker, licensed in the State of CA

Previously, CEO of Stratford Healthcare Systems

Languages: English, Italian and French

Vic Kapur - Angel Investor (Angel, Pre-Seed, Seed, Series A/B) Founder & Managing Member, VisionPassage

Vic is an Angel Investor (Angel to Series B) with a former Operating background in Sales, Product and Engineering at startups with five exits - $19M, $55M, $190M, $450M and $1.2B, to Capgemini (IGATE), Cisco Systems, Hitachi, Partners Group (Swiss Private Equity) and Qualcomm, followed by Sales experience with a publicly-traded company that grew from $25 Billion valuation to $100+ Billion in under seven years during his time.

Industries included Technology, Media, Telecom, Services, Manufacturing, Energy and Consumer Goods. Products and Solutions worked on included most of the technology stack, ranging from IC Design, Embedded Systems, Consumer Electronics, Operating Systems, IT Infrastructure, Enterprise Software to Telecommunications, and Business Processes. First "real" job after undergraduate engineering sophomore year was door-to-door retail coupon sales to the local downtown merchants. While crappy and rudimentary, can still code in C, the first programming language learned.

Vic has a joint Master’s Degree (Information Networking) in Business, Computer Science and Electrical & Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon. He completed his Undergraduate Degree with University Honors in Computer Engineering from Savitribai Phule Pune University. He is actively involved in both schools, and is happy to connect with fellow alums, since continuous learning and ideation helps him improve his dumbness!

He grew up in an Army background and has lived across fifteen states in two different countries. Survived 9/11, thanks to his HR Manager booking him on a lower-cost one-hop flight from Newark via Chicago to San Francisco, and hence, high appreciation till date for "bean-counters", and financial prudence. Happily settled in the San Francisco Bay Area since then. He is community-oriented, foodie, played competitive sports in school, and nowadays, enjoys walking, hiking, swimming and tree-climbing.

Ha Nguyen - Founding partner of Spero Ventures

Spero Ventures is an early stage venture capital firm that invests in the things that make life worth living: well-being, work & purpose and human connections. Ha is passionate about investing in startups led by underrepresented founders that have the potential to reach venture scale . She also advises portfolio CEOs and product leaders on design-thinking, org design, product strategy and helps with product recruiting. Ha also leads the firm's marketing, branding & network building efforts.

Ha cares deeply about designing products with empathy, and gives talks around the globe on design-thinking and how to build products that customers love. Ha believes in building community and elevating women in tech. She is the Board VP of Women In Product (non-profit organization of 12k female product builders) and co-founded the Product Leader Summit (invite-only conference bringing together founders and VP-level product leaders).

Ha previously was a product executive at several early and mid-stage startups. She started her product career at eBay in its early years during a period of hyper-growth. Ha received her MBA from Harvard and BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Paul Willard - Storm Ventures

Paul Willard focuses on SaaS, including digital health, and hardware enabled SaaS. Hardware-enabled SaaS looks very similar to SaaS from a financial model perspective but needs some piece of hardware in order to execute, like a robot or a virtual reality (VR) headset. Paul has a rare combination of software and hardware experience that gives him a unique insight when evaluating the level of hardware difficulty and risk in hardware enabled SaaS platform.

Before there was the internet, Paul worked for Boeing as an Aerodynamics Engineer for 7 years, learning how to specify, write and manage large complex code bases. After graduating with his Masters degree, Paul applied this software knowledge to four tech startups over the next 14 years; NextCard, the first online bank (ipo: NXCD), Coupons.com online coupons (ipo: QUOT), Practice Fusion electronic medical records (Allscripts), and Atlassian SaaS for teams (ipo:TEAM).

He started as a software product manager to work with complex code bases and evolved to run product, design, marketing, sales, and analytics as a CMO. As an investor, Paul applies his large network of operators in Silicon Valley to find companies with strong leadership teams and leverages his vast experience to help founders grow to be enterprise leaders.

Prior to joining Storm at the beginning of 2018, Paul started an enterprise software focused seed firm Subtraction Capital. Paul invested and worked with great companies like Cobalt Robotics, Zipline, Carta, Captiv8, Collective Health, and HealthLoop.

Paul holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Iowa State University and an M.S. in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Stanford University.


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