Dec 6th, 2017
Lombardo's Conference Center,
Boston Randolph, MA

Initial Line-up of VCs Confirmed

Kyle Adkins, Savano Capital Partners
Kyle Adkins
Savano Capital Partners

Kyle has over eight years of private/growth equity investing, M&A, and advisory with venture/growth-stage, mid-market, and large-cap companies primarily in technology and tech-enabled services. Kyle joined Savano in 2016 and is based in Washington, DC.

Before joining Savano, Kyle worked at both Golden Gate Capital in San Francisco and The Halifax Group in Washington, DC. He began his career at J.P. Morgan in their Technology, Media, and Telecom group in New York.

Kyle earned a S.B. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with minors in Management and Political Science.

Jessica Alston, F-Prime Capital Partners
Jessica Alston
F-Prime Capital Partners

Jessica is an Associate at F-Prime Capital and focuses primarily on the biopharmaceutical and medical technology sectors.

Prior to joining F-Prime in 2015, Jessica was an engagement manager in McKinsey and Company's Boston office, where she focused on pharmaceuticals and medical products and advised companies across a range of strategic, organizational, and operational topics. She began her career at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in the Biodefense Systems group, where she worked on developing novel techniques for the detection of biological agents.

Jessica holds a Ph.D. in genetics from Harvard University and received her BS in biology from Duke University, graduating summa cum laude.

Nisa Amoils, Scout Ventures
Nisa Amoils
Venture Partner
Scout Ventures

Nisa Amoils is an active early stage investor, Board advisor and entrepreneur. She is a member of New York Angels where she invests in a variety of technology and is the co-chair of the frontier technology committee which encompasses AR/VR, robotics, drones, AI, driverless cars, autonomous innovations, cybersecurity, remote sensing, blockchain and other disruptive technologies.

She also has sector and investment expertise in entertainment, beauty, mobile, marketplaces and digital media. She has startup operational experience in areas such as strategic and digital marketing, business development, product and package development, distribution, staffing, fundraising, management and legal.

She is a regular judge/panelist on CNBC, MSNBC and Fox and does podcasts on investing. She is a speaker at conferences such as Venture Summit, the Women in Tech Summit, RoboUniverse and Women's Innovation conferences. She is a mentor at XRC Labs, Grand Central Tech, The Vinetta Project and MenHERnyc. She is a regular judge for the Wharton Business Plan Competition and sits on the Board of the Penn Design School. She is a frequent blogger on investing in frontier technologies.

Prior to this, she spent many years at media companies, including Time Warner and NBC Universal, looking at Internet 1.0 deals, the precursor technologies to VR, and executing strategic partnerships with film and television on behalf of Fortune 500 brands. She was also a practicing corporate lawyer.

She holds a BBA (business) degree from the University of Michigan and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Alison Andrews Reyes, 1843 Capital
Alison Andrews Reyes
1843 Capital

Alison Andrews Reyes is a Partner of 1843. Ms. Reyes is responsible for origination, execution and asset management of 1843's investments.

Ms. Reyes is a start-up executive and founder to more than 20 years of experience in enterprise software across several industries including business intelligence, web development, e-commerce, and cyber security. She was most recently CEO & founder at Dezignable.com, a B2B technology-enabled service platform for commercial and residential design.

Previously, she served as President and CEO of Vigilant, Inc. from 2005 - 2013. Ms. Reyes grew Vigilant over 7 years from a self-funded start-up to a 65-person organization successfully acquired by Deloitte in May 2013. From 2002 to 2005, Alison Reyes was VP of Professional Services and Support for e-Security, Inc., a provider of security information & event management (SIEM) software. She has also served in senior executive roles at eGrail, Inc. and MicroStrategy, Inc. (IPO)

Ms. Reyes received a B.A. in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College.

Mark Austin, Bright Capital
Mark Austin
Venture Partner
Bright Capital

Based in New York, Mr. Austin has been a Venture Partner with Bright Capital since 2012, where he focuses broadly on alternative energy, resource and energy efficiency, distributed generation, water, advanced materials and cleantech, providing leadership and strategic guidance for Bright Capital's investment strategy and portfolio companies, including serving on the Boards of Agrivida, QM Power and Ener-G-Rotors.

Prior to Bright Capital, as Managing Director of Chandler Reed LLC, Mr. Austin served as a strategic advisor to CEOs of public and private growth stage companies, new ventures and tech start-ups, and was a consultant at UNDP's Sustainable Energy & Environment Division in the area of sustainable technologies globally, as well as to other UN agencies. He has applied his knowledge of finance and marketing, intellectual property, technology commercialization and strategy across a broad and diverse range of industries. Earlier, Mr. Austin has been a serial tech entrepreneur in the fields of electro-optics, medical devices, and materials manufacturing systems. As a start-up entrepreneur, he has patents issued in 30 countries and has won international design awards.

Mr. Austin is an advisor to tech start-up incubators and accelerators, and is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) with NYSERDA and the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, as well as serving on the National Renewable Energy Lab's (NREL) Investment Advisory Board. Mr. Austin has mentored entrepreneurs in different regions of Africa, and spoken at conferences from Krasnoyarsk to Kingston, from Beijing to Bilbao, on venture investing, entrepreneurship, strategy, innovation and sustainable technologies.

Mark Austin is a graduate of Williams College.

Christina Bechhold Russ, Samsung NEXT Ventures
Christina Bechhold Russ
Samsung NEXT Ventures

Christina Bechhold Russ is an Investor at Samsung NEXT Ventures, based in New York, focused on early stage investments in software and services, particularly in mobility, consumer IoT and fintech.

She is also Co-Founder and Managing Director of Empire Angels, a member led angel group of young professionals investing in technology startups with a focus on supporting young entrepreneurs.

Christina is a Regular Contributor for the Wall Street Journal on startups and small business, a columnist for Inc.com, a mentor at The Brandery and Venture for America and a member of VFA's Rise Committee focused on increasing diversity in entrepreneurship. She is a frequent speaker and panelist at events in the U.S., Europe and Asia, a TEDx speaker, and was recognized by the New York Business Journal as a 2016 Woman of Influence.

Alex Beletsky, SideCar Angels
Alex Beletsky
SideCar Angels

Alex, an Investor at SideCar Angels, has broad experience across many industries, and is an innovator in helping organizations leverage technology and information to enhance operations. Current areas of focus include optimizing Contact Center operations and helping implement Modern Consumer Experiences for Enterprises which leverage a hybrid workforce or 3rd party service providers to deliver services.

Alex fundamentally understands the Converged Communication and Interaction space. This entails combining elements of User Experience to integrate both formal and informal communication methods, and leveraging Unified Communications on the web and mobile platforms. Alex helps companies to gain insights around such areas as Contact Center Interaction Management Infrastructure (Chat/Web/Audio/Video), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Field Service Automation (FSM), to engage in a data-driven change management process.

In his previous roles, Alex was a member of the Deloitte business consulting team, a CIO for a multinational company, and Founder and CEO of Sentri, Inc. -- one of the nation's top integrators of Microsoft systems. Under Alex's leadership, Sentri achieved the highest accolades from customers, was the regional Microsoft Partner of the Year for 3 consecutive years, and East Coast Microsoft Partner of the Year in 2012. Alex's focus and commitment to excellence resulted in Sentri's successful acquisition by Polycom in 2013.

Since the sale of Sentri, Alex became a co-founder of a successful software company, Dispatch Technologies, which focuses on enabling brands to bring Modern Consumer Experiences to their customers, and to fundamentally change how 3rd party service providers are engaged and managed. Alex is also actively engaged in the angel investment space, as well as provides advisory services to CEOs and Sr. Leadership teams and coaching and mentoring services to tech-oriented startups.

Carl Berke, Partners Healthcare Innovation Fund
Carl Berke
Partners Healthcare Innovation Fund

Carl's career has spanned over 25 years in the practice and management of innovation to bring new technologies from lab to market.

As a bench scientist and R&D director, he worked at Polaroid Corporation and Hygeia Sciences in the development of photographic and clinical products for both consumer and professional markets. He is an inventor on 6 US patents. He served as a Partner at Integral/Analysis Group, a consulting firm focusing on the management of innovation and growth strategy for clients in healthcare and consumer products. He has been an active private equity investor as a member of Angel Healthcare Investors LLC and is a founder of Mass Medical Angels. He has served on the boards of Quosa [research literature management software], Kasalis [robotics], Combinent [women's health], Infobionic [cardiac monitoring], Annovation [anesthetic agent] and currently sits on the board of Syntimmune [immunotherapy], QPID Health [bioinformatics], LifeImage [diagnostic image sharing], Sebacia [dermatology therapy] and the Sudanese Education Fund [philanthropy].

Carl holds an AB degree from Cornell University and received his PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley. He also holds an appointment as Lecturer in the MIT Sloan School of Management teaching various courses on the topic of biomedical enterprise.

Maria Berkman, Broadview Ventures
Maria Berkman
Broadview Ventures

Maria Berkman, MD, shares responsibility for the day-to-day operations of Broadview Ventures, including identification and screening of new opportunities, due diligence, negotiation of deal structure, and portfolio company board involvement.

Prior to joining Broadview Ventures Maria was a management consultant at Monitor Group (now Monitor Deloitte), where she specialized in life sciences with a focus corporate strategy, franchise and asset-level commercialization strategy, and competitive strategic planning for a broad range of biopharma clients. Before joining Monitor Group, Maria trained within the Partners HealthCare System at Newton Wellesley Hospital, with a focus on General Surgery. Maria earned her MD from the UCLA School of Medicine, graduating Alpha Omega Alpha with a research focus in cardiothoracic and trauma surgery. Maria earned her MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.

Maria currently serves as the Board Observer for 480 Biomedical, Apama, BioKier, Cardero, Cardialen, Vascular Graft Solutions and Zumbro Discovery and is a Board Director of FineHeart.

In addition to her role at Broadview Ventures, Maria contributes time as a grant reviewer for the National Science Foundation and is a Strategic Advisory Board Member for the RAD Biomed Accelerator in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Adam Bernstein, New Energy Capital Partners
Adam Bernstein
Managing Partner
New Energy Capital Partners


Samuel Bjork, Digitalis Ventures
Samuel Bjork
Digitalis Ventures

Samuel is a Principal at Digitalis. He received graduate degrees from Cambridge and Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar and an A.B. in Chemistry from Harvard University.

Prior to Digitalis, Samuel was a member of the healthcare and clean energy practices at the Boston Consulting Group.

Brandon Blaesser, NewWorld Capital Group
Brandon Blaesser
NewWorld Capital Group

Brandon Blaesser is an Analyst at NewWorld Capital Group and has worked at the firm since 2014.

Prior to that, Brandon leveraged his LEED AP BD+C accreditation working for TerraCycle in Buenos Aires, Argentina and working for Winn Development's Energy and Sustainability group in Boston, MA.

Brandon graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Environmental Studies. Additionally, he holds an Energy Studies certificate from the Yale Climate and Energy Institute.

Vaughn Blake, Telescopic Ventures
Vaughn Blake
Managing Director
Telescopic Ventures

Vaughn Blake is the founder and Managing Partner of Telescopic Ventures.

Telescopic invests across the early stage spectrum -- from pre-seed to series A. The firm is focused on frontier and emerging technologies, especially where those technologies are applied narrowly to industry and enterprise. We have offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Anne Bozik, Saturn Partners
Anne Bozik
Saturn Partners

Anne has been a member of the Saturn team since 2015.

Prior to joining Saturn, Anne worked as a clinical researcher in the Neurology Department at Massachusetts General Hospital. While at MGH, Anne served as lead coordinator for six ALS and MS clinical trials and examined telehealth and tech opportunities in patient care.

Anne graduated cum laude from Yale College with a degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, with additional coursework in statistics and economics. While at Yale, Anne conducted clinical and bench research and authored papers on neurology and public health.

Prior professional experience includes work at Saturn portfolio company Knopp Biosciences.

Laura Brass, MPM Capital
Laura Brass
Managing Director
MPM Capital

Laura Brass, Ph.D., M.B.A. joined MPM in 2015. Her interests lie in early stage start-up creation and strategic deal structuring and negotiation in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries.

Prior to joining MPM, Laura was a member of the founding management team and SVP of Business Development for MPM portfolio company TriNetX, a healthcare IT company focusing on big data analytics for clinical research. Before TriNetX, Laura was Director of Business Development at Harvard University's Office of Technology Development and at its Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. She led commercialization strategy, start-up creation, deal structuring, and negotiations for a portfolio of over 250 biotech, synthetic chemistry, engineering, software, device, and stem cell technologies developed at Harvard and Harvard-affiliated institutions.

Laura has also held roles in business development and IP strategy at MPM portfolio company Elixir Pharmaceuticals, and was CEO of Aferon, Inc., an early-stage antiviral start-up company.

Laura holds a B.A. in Philosophy and a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.

Sasha Brown, Ecosystem Integrity Fund
Sasha Brown
Ecosystem Integrity Fund

Sasha Brown is a Principal at the Ecosystem Integrity Fund. Her responsibilities include investment due diligence, strategy development, deal sourcing, and portfolio company support. She assists with system and sector analysis, firm operations, and financial structuring.

Prior to joining EIF, Sasha was a Principal at NewWorld Capital Group, where she co-led investments including SolarEdge Technologies, which had a successful IPO in 2015, and Astrum Solar, which was sold to Direct Energy.

Sasha serves as Board Director at T-Rex Group and PosiGen Solar Solutions and a Board Observer at Opti RTC. She received a BS in Environmental Engineering from Yale University and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

Eveline Buchatskiy, One Way Ventures
Eveline Buchatskiy
Founding Partner
One Way Ventures

Eveline is an immigrant from Brazil and formerly Director for the Techstars Boston program for the past 3 years.

She launched and was the Managing Partner for Eastlabs, a prominent accelerator in Ukraine that jumpstarted the tech entrepreneurship ecosystem regionally. As CEO for media company Ekonomika, Eveline spearheaded its transformation into a digital hub. She was also CEO for cleantech company APCT.

Prior to her startup and digital journey, Eveline worked 10 years as process and control systems engineer in several multimillion dollar projects for the industrial gas industry. She emigrated from Brazil to US, Luxembourg, Ukraine, and back to the US.

Stanley Buchesky, The EdTech Fund
Stanley Buchesky
Founder and Managing Partner
The EdTech Fund

Stan is the founder of the EdTech Fund, investing in Seed stage EdTech companies in K-12 and Higher Ed. Stan has a passion for education. He first became involved in education while leading mergers and acquisitions for McGraw-Hill and then as one of the founding trustees of Equality Charter School, starting with an idea in the heads of three educators and taking the school through start-up phase to now being ranked in the top 3% of all NYC middle schools in math.

He is also a member of the town legislature in Darien, CT, serving on the education committee. His investment experience includes seed stage investments in education, small and large acquisitions as well as many types of partnerships and joint ventures.

Stan has led corporate development departments and activities for large companies such as McGraw-Hill, L-3 Communications and Pitney Bowes. He has also helped smaller established businesses as well as start-ups execute their growth strategies.

Prior to a career in business, Stan was an Airborne Ranger Army officer serving in peacekeeping missions in Bosnia, Kosovo and Macedonia. He is a West Point graduate with a BS in computer science engineering and a double major in German and French, and he holds an MBA in finance from Columbia Business School.

Briehan Burke, Catalyst Investors
Briehan Burke
Catalyst Investors

Briehan is currently an Associate at Catalyst Investors, an NYC-based growth equity firm that invests in technology-enabled businesses.

Prior to joining Catalyst, Ms. Burke interned at LOLA, a B2C feminine care startup, where she focused primarily on business analytics and marketing. Previously, she worked as an investment banking analyst in the Global Industrials Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York City.

Ms. Burke graduated cum laude from Middlebury College.

Jason Cahill, McCune Capital
Jason Cahill
Managing Director
McCune Capital

Jason Cahill is an early stage investor, advisor, mentor, and entrepreneur. As managing director of McCune Capital, his interests sit at the intersection of new technology disrupting older industries.

His expertise spans transportation, supply chain, infrastructure, agtech, and cleantech. He is an advisor at Carnegie Mellon University, an advisory board member at SXSW, a mentor at Grand Central Tech's Urban Tech Hub and ERA, and a mentor to Columbia University.

He holds a BS from the University of Maryland and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and is a veteran of US Army Special Forces.

Raymond Camahort, Novo Ventures
Raymond Camahort
Novo Ventures

Ray Camahort joined Novo Ventures (US) Inc. in Boston, Massachusetts in 2015.

Prior to Joining Novo, Ray was a business development associate at the Harvard University Office of Technology Development where he worked to commercialize technologies developed in both Chemistry and Stem Cell/Regenerative Biology. Ray completed a National Institute of Health (NIH) post-doctoral training fellowship at Harvard University and was a pre-doctoral fellow at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research in Kansas City, Missouri.

He holds a PhD from the University of Kansas in biochemistry and molecular biology, and a BS in biological sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Sara Chamberlain, Energy Foundry
Sara Chamberlain
Managing Director
Energy Foundry

Sara leads venture investment activity for Energy Foundry, an early-stage venture fund based in Chicago. She maintains an active role with each of the firm's portfolio companies, and sits on the Board of SiNode Systems, Advanced Diamond Technologies and Tank Utility.

Prior to Energy Foundry, Sara built a government advisory practice at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and helped energy startups raise $300M in non-dilutive funding. She has also held roles with GE Energy and environmental consulting firm, GaiaTech.

Sara holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and an undergraduate degree from Emory University. In 2015, she was recognized by Midwest Energy News ''40 Under 40.''

Elizabeth Wills Chou, New Markets Venture Partners
Elizabeth Wills Chou
New Markets Venture Partners

Elizabeth Chou joined New Markets Venture Partners in 2010 and is a Partner. She is a board director for Kickboard and Questar Assessment and a board observer for BetterLesson, PresenceLearning, Graduation Alliance, and previously for Moodlerooms, Think Through Learning and Three Ring.

Prior to New Markets, Elizabeth was a Senior Associate at The Gladstone Companies, a family of public funds (NASDAQ: GLAD, GAIN, GOOD) providing private equity, debt and real estate financing based in McLean, VA. At Gladstone she invested in and managed equity control and mezzanine debt investments in middle market companies in specialty manufacturing and healthcare services. Prior to Gladstone, Elizabeth was an Account Executive with M&T Bank's Middle Market Commercial and Industrial Lending Group in Philadelphia, PA.

Elizabeth graduated with Honors from Mount Holyoke College, with a major in Politics and received a MBA from Columbia Business School.

David Coats, Correlation Ventures
David Coats
Managing Director
Correlation Ventures

David began his venture capital career in 1997.

Prior to founding Correlation Ventures, David was a Managing Director of Hamilton BioVentures, an early-stage venture capital fund based in San Diego. As head of Hamilton's Life Science team, David served on the Board of Directors of such companies as PhotoThera, Transcept (NASDAQ: TSPT), and Egea Biopharmaceuticals (Acquired by Johnson&Johnson).

Previously, David was a Venture Partner at Windamere Venture Partners and President of Forge Medical Ventures, an early-stage incubator funded by Enterprise Partners, Mayfield Fund and Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation. David was the Founder of Spine Wave, a venture-funded medical device company and Director of Business Development of UroMed Corporation (URMD), a venture-funded startup that raised several rounds of venture capital and completed a public offering.

David received an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Biology from Princeton University.

Lisa Coca, GE Ventures
Lisa Coca
Managing Director
GE Ventures

Lisa Coca is a member of GE Ventures' Enterprise Practice which invests in start-ups that target corporate productivity and operational efficiency.

Prior to joining GE Ventures, her professional career spanned a number of other disciplines including finance, sales & marketing, strategy, and business development at major financial institutions such as GE Capital, Bankers Trust, and Deutsche Bank. Lisa serves on the Board of BizWorld, a non-profit whose mission is to inspire children to have an entrepreneurial spirit and do amazing things. She is also a member of the Executive Committee for Bay Area Women's Philanthropy Network and serves as a mentor for SHE-CAN.

She graduated with honors from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, received an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and lives in Los Altos with her husband and three children.

Kathleen Collins, Industry Ventures
Kathleen Collins
Industry Ventures

Kathleen focuses on originating and valuing the firm's secondary investments.

Prior to joining Industry Ventures, Kathleen was a Senior Associate at Bulger Partners, a tech-focused investment bank and strategy consulting firm. At Bulger Partners, Kathleen worked on several M&A transactions and consulting engagements for tech companies.

Kathleen earned a BA from Dartmouth College and a Master's degree in Business and Financial Management from Durham University in the U.K.

Frank Crocetti, Hub Angels Investment Group
Frank Crocetti
Hub Angels Investment Group

Frank Crocetti is an Angel Investor and Board participant. He is a member of Hub Angel Investment, one of the oldest angel groups in the Boston area, making investments in young tech and life science companies since March 2000.

He is also a member of Launchpad Venture Group, the largest angel investing group in the Northeast. Frank is a member of the Board of Directors of Rinfiniti, an early stage high tech company which optimizes corporate real estate. He is also a member of the Board of Nix86, an early stage technology company which provides an ordering platform for restaurants and suppliers.

Frank is Chair of the GSOM Advisory Council for Clark University and a past President and member of the Board of the Newton Boys and Girls Club. Frank was a Senior Vice President at Fidelity Investments for 25 years and held leadership positions in real estate, procurement, site general management, regional start ups, and government and college relations.

Frank is a graduate of Boston College and earned his MBA at Clark University

Sanjit Singh Dang, Intel Capital
Sanjit Singh Dang
Intel Capital

Sanjit is an Investment Director at Intel Capital. He drives investments in Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, Robotics, eCommerce, Virtual Reality, etc. He has also driven several investments in Big Data, IoT and Cloud Computing. He is on the Board of several companies.

He is currently a Board Member in several startups, including True Fit, Enlighted, Body Labs, Reflektion and Cognitive Operational Systems (Cosy Robo). He has had several Exits within 1 year of investment with excellent financial returns - e.g. VokeVR (acquired within 7 months of investment), Basis Science (Wearables, acquired by Intel) and Maginatics (Cloud Storage, acquired by EMC). He is currently an investor in Cognitive Operational Systems (Computer Vision for Retail), True Fit (eCommerce), DocuSign (eSignature), Reflektion (eCommerce), Body Labs (3D Body Modeling), MongoDB (NoSQL Database), Enlighted (IoT), Mirantis (Cloud Computing), GoodData (SaaS BI) and Arcadia Data (Data Analytics 2.0), to name a few.

Sanjit has the fastest Eng PhD from University of Illinois (2yrs 9mo after undergrad), which he received in 2000 with top research awards. He also attended the Venture Capital Executive program at Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. He's an invited Speaker at several top events, e.g. TEDx, SURGE/WebSummit, TiECon, ShopTalk, McKinsey leadership event, Silicon Valley Open Doors, SACC, Global Big Data and IoT conferences. He's a mentor at Stanford and Berkeley's Entrepreneurship programs.

Sanjit has over a decade of Exec leadership experience in Product Design, Business Development and Strategy across several domains: Big Data, Natural Language Processing, 3D Camera/Apps, Supply-Chain Analytics and Flash Memory. He has managed $2Bill/year accounts and executed >30 partnership deals in $100M-$2Bill range. Always ahead of the curve, Sanjit worked on Big Data Analytics before industry created the term 'Big Data'. Similarly, he launched 2 online courses during grad school in 1999 and published iconic papers on learnings, way before the MOOC revolution started.

Personally, Sanjit has an interest in film-making. He has made a few short movies and taken courses in script-writing, lighting, editing and production at DeAnza College, Cupertino.

Elizabeth de Saint-Aignan, Jump Capital
Elizabeth de Saint-Aignan
Jump Capital


Brittni Dixon Johnson, GE Ventures
Brittni Dixon Johnson
GE Ventures

Brittni has spent the last 7 years building her career in engineering and business. She holds a BS and BA in Civil Engineering and International Relations from Stanford University.

Brittni started her career as a Field Engineer at Schlumberger in the Middle East. After her time in energy, she decided to pursue her MBA from Columbia Business School, with a concentration in Finance & Strategy. After business school Brittni joined GE Ventures as a Senior Associate, heading strategic partnerships. She brings domain expertise across global markets, finance and strategy.

In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, high intensity exercise, and learning how to cook vegan dishes. Brittni and her husband, Landon reside in New York City.

Sana Fathima, Lockheed Martin Ventures
Sana Fathima
Investment Manager
Lockheed Martin Ventures


Lisa Frusztajer, 1843 Capital
Lisa Frusztajer
1843 Capital

Lisa has navigated all ends of the technology world over the last twenty years, first working at Sun Microsystems, then helping grow a small software startup called KYOS, then joining Avid Technology.

Lisa currently focuses on early stage investing as an angel investor and as a Lead Investor of the Portfolia Enterprise Fund, which combines investor education with immediate diversification across early stage companies. In addition, Lisa does consulting projects, and runs a real estate management company.

Lisa's background is an eclectic blend of marketing, engineering and project management, in technology, manufacturing, higher education and financial services. She serves on the Board of Trustees at a secondary school and has been a board member of other education-focused nonprofits.

Shinichiro Fuse, MPM Capital
Shinichiro Fuse
MPM Capital

Shinichiro (Shin) Fuse, Ph.D., joined MPM as a Principal in 2016 and is engaged in MPM's investment identification, due diligence and business development activities across our current BV2014 and OIF funds. He also supports MPM's relationship with Astellas and is a board observer for Switch Bio.

Prior to joining MPM, Shin was Director of Business Development at bluebird bio. At bluebird, he played an instrumental role in executing and managing key industry and academic partnerships in the fields of cell and gene therapy, cancer immunotherapy, and genome editing, including partnerships with Five Prime Therapeutics, Seattle Children's Research Institute, and the acquisition of Pregenen.

Previously, he was an Engagement Manager at Campbell Alliance (inVentiv Health Consulting), where he worked with clients in the life science industry to evaluate business development opportunities, develop commercialization strategies, and support new product launches. Prior to joining Campbell Alliance, Shin was an Associate at PureTech Ventures, where he focused on venture creation activities in the microbiome space and technology due diligence. Shin also serves as a columnist and contributing writer for Nikkei Biotech, the leading journal covering the biotech industry in Japan.

Shin received his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from Dartmouth College, a M.S. in Biomedical Science from the University of Tokyo, and a B.Eng. in Applied Chemistry from Keio University in Japan.

Elizabeth Galbut, SoGal Ventures
Elizabeth Galbut
Founding Partner
SoGal Ventures

Elizabeth Galbut is the founding partner of SoGal Ventures and A-Level Capital, two start-up VC firms, which have collectively invested and advised 22 startups this year.

Elizabeth's favorite investment area is the intersection of smart design and machine learning/AI fueling major health tech innovation. Her placements include digital pathology standout Proscia, global health network MORE Health, mobile health platform eMocha, smart air detector Birdi, lab research platform Nebulab, smart water bottle HidrateSpark, medical device Sonavex, and mental health app Docz.

Prior to venture capital, Elizabeth was a Strategy Consultant at Deloitte Consulting, where she contributed to business development efforts that led to over $200M in new work.

Stephen Gilfus, Blackboard Inc.
Stephen Gilfus
Blackboard Inc.

Stephen Gilfus launched a distinguished career as a founder and principal designer of the world's leading e-learning platform (Blackboard Inc.)

His work with educational institutions, leading industry publishers, technology partners, industry investors, and standards bodies has helped facilitate global educational opportunities and the development of online learning capacity for thousands of organizations across the globe. Gilfus has provided leadership strategies to some of the world's most prestigious academic institutions and world publishers as the primary author of the "Educational Technology Framework," a model used to guide hundreds of academic institutions to contemplate the organizational, technological, and social impact of educational technologies on schools, districts, educational organizations, and institutions.

He is recognized by many organizations as a key driver behind the growth of the eLearning industry and has presented at hundreds of academic institutions, eLearning organizations and industry conferences.

Brandon Gleklen, Battery Ventures
Brandon Gleklen
Battery Ventures

Brandon joined Battery in 2015 and focuses on investments in business-to-business software companies across stages.

Previously, Brandon worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he was part of the business planning and capital strategy/analysis team. Brandon also spent time at Bessemer Venture Partners, as an analyst in their Herzliya, Israel office.

Brandon graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in science, technology and society, with a concentration in information technologies and organizations.

Jacqueline Grant, SV Health Investors
Jacqueline Grant
Senior Associate
SV Health Investors

Jackie joined SV Health Investors in 2017 as a Senior Associate and brings nine years of science, research and business development experience.

Brandon Greer, OpenView
Brandon Greer

Brandon is member of the investment team at OpenView, where he identifies and engages with potential portfolio companies for the firm. OpenView is a Venture Capital firm investing in expansion stage software companies, helping build companies like Instructure, Kareo, DataDog and Expensify into market leaders. He is passionate about partnering with entrepreneurs who are making technology more accessible and using it to improve people's working lives.

Brandon has previous experience at a bulge bracket investment banking firm and graduated from Cornell University, majoring in Applied Economics. He is also a pianist, trained in jazz and classical: in his spare time, he supports Music & Youth, a Boston-based organization, which creates accessible, sustainable, high quality music programs so every young person can experience music as an art form and outlet.

Whitney Haring-Smith, Anzu Partners
Whitney Haring-Smith
Managing Partner
Anzu Partners

Whitney Haring-Smith is an entrepreneur and investor focused primarily on industrial businesses. As a Managing Partner at Anzu Partners, he leads the portfolio support functions and has led most of Anzu's acquisitions.

Previously, Mr. Haring-Smith was a Principal at The Boston Consulting Group where he focused on energy, industrial goods, and globalization. Mr. Haring-Smith was also the co-founder & board chairman of College Abacus, a website that became the "Kayak.com of college financial aid" in the US.

He earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees simultaneously from Yale University, magna cum laude, and received his doctorate from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar from Pennsylvania.

Martin Heidecker, Boehringer Ingelheim Venture Fund
Martin Heidecker
Managing Director
Boehringer Ingelheim Venture Fund

Martin joined the Boehringer Ingelheim Venture Fund in 2010 to invest in early innovative therapeutic life science companies. In October 2013, Martin established the US-office of BIVF in Cambridge, MA, where he is focusing on biotech seed-investments. He has 15 years of investing and commercial experience in both venture capital and global pharma companies. He serves as board member of AMP Therapeutics in Leipzig, ArmaGen in Calabasas, 121bio in Cambridge and Sentien in Medford.

Prior to BIVF, Martin held several global roles in Marketing at Boehringer Ingelheim and Solvay Pharmaceuticals and was involved in the global launch of several products in the area of CNS. Martin began his career as an Investment Manager at Bayern Kapital, focusing on seed investments of biotech companies.

Martin holds a PhD in Biology as well as a Master degree in Biology and Economics. He serves on the board of AMP Therapeutics GmbH and ArmaGen Technologies, Inc.

Alison Holmes, Great Hill Partners
Alison Holmes
Great Hill Partners

Alison joined Great Hill Partners in August 2016 as a senior associate.

Prior to joining Great Hill, Alison worked at Rothschild & Co as an associate in the Consumer & Retail M&A Group. Prior to Rothschild, Alison was an associate at Financo. Alison began her career as an analyst at Raymond James working in the TMT sector.

Alison earned a B.S. in Economics from Trinity College in Hartford, CT.

Ruoxi (Rosy) Hu, Partners Innovation Fund
Ruoxi (Rosy) Hu
Venture Associate
Partners Innovation Fund

Rosy joined Partners Innovation Fund in 2017.

Previously, Rosy was a Consultant at Clarion Healthcare, a boutique life sciences consulting firm. At Clarion, she worked with a range of clients from global pharmaceutical companies to emerging biotechs on commercial strategy for preclinical/clinical stage therapeutics in oncology, immunology, CNS, and rare diseases.

She received her PhD in Biological Sciences in Public Health from Harvard University, studying role of microRNAs in asthma pathogenesis. She received her BSc Honors in Life Sciences from Queen's University in Canada.

Crystal Huang, GGV Capital
Crystal Huang
Vice President
GGV Capital

Crystal Huang is a Vice President at GGV Capital, the $3.8B US/China multi-stage venture capital firm with offices in Menlo Park, Beijing and Shanghai.

She is based in the Silicon Valley office and invests in enterprise SaaS, security and infrastructure as well as fintech. She has been involved with GGV's investments in BigCommerce, BitSight, BrightWheel, HashiCorp, OpenDoor, Restless Bandit, Tile and Wish.

Prior to joining GGV, Crystal worked as an analyst in Blackstone's Technology M&A Advisory Group, with experience in enterprise software, mobile security and ecommerce.

She graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in Government.

Bill  Hughes, Milamber Ventures
Bill Hughes
Milamber Ventures

Bill Hughes President and Founder of Open4 Learning, an ed tech innovation firm. He serves as a Partner with Milamber Ventures, a global venture acceleration and investment firm focused on human capital innovations ranging from educational technology to employability.

Recently, Bill was Chief Strategy Officer at Learning Objects, a growth-stage ed tech start-up acquired by Cengage Learning in 2015.

At Pearson, Bill was Vice President of Global Strategy and Business Development where he advised its executive team on growth strategies in post-secondary markets, including M&A, partnerships and strategic investments. He re-architected Pearson's MyLabs platform and was instrumental in making them adaptive. He launched born-digital businesses, including Intellus Learning (acquired by Macmillan Learning in 2017) and Pearson Writer (Pearson Product of the Year in 2016), and he led the company's contributions to open source initiatives.

As a 30-year veteran of the technology industry, he played leading roles at Cambridge Innovation Center, Sapient and Cambridge Technology Partners.

Bill serves as a board member of FineTune Learning, AISNE and Kaplan University.

He earned his AB from Harvard and his MBA from the MIT Sloan School, where he was a Seley Scholar.

Dan Hurwitz, Hyperplane Venture Capital
Dan Hurwitz
Hyperplane Venture Capital


Alicia Irurzun-Lafitte, M Ventures
Alicia Irurzun-Lafitte
M Ventures

Ms. Alicia Irurzun serves as Principal at Merck Ventures. She joined MS Ventures in 2014.

Alicia started her career as an analyst in global business development and licensing in 2010 at Merck Serono in Geneva. In this role she was responsible for search and evaluation efforts across therapeutic areas. Subsequently, she transitioned as a manager for global licensing and business development activities in immunology and fertility.

Over the past years, Alicia has been involved on numerous business development and licensing transactions.

Alicia holds a Bachelor Honors in Biomedical Science from Edinburgh Napier University and a Master degree in Bio-pharmaceutical Sciences and Science-based-business from Leiden University. She is based in Boston.

Vinay Iyengar, Bessemer Venture Partners
Vinay Iyengar
Bessemer Venture Partners

Vinay Iyengar is an investor based in Bessemer Venture Partners' NYC office focused on machine intelligence, cyber security, and vertical SaaS.

He got his start in venture capital at Clayton Christensen's Rose Park Advisors, leading the firm's exploration of machine intelligence as an enabler of disruption. Previously, he spent time at Goldman Sachs and Intel and founded a Harvard Innovation Lab-backed enterprise software startup. He also has conducted extensive cryptography research leading to two peer-reviewed publications.

When not nerding out about technology and startups, Vinay enjoys trying new foods, listening to hip-hop, and cheering on his hometown Portland Trail Blazers. He studied computer science and economics at Harvard.

Sean Judge, Highland Capital Partners
Sean Judge
Senior Associate
Highland Capital Partners


Deb Kemper, Golden Seeds
Deb Kemper
Managing Director
Golden Seeds

Deb Kemper is Managing Director and Operating Committee Chair of the Boston Forum of Golden Seeds, a national angel investor group. She is a member of CEVG and on the Advisory Board of Red Bear Angels.

Her investment focus is high growth companies in the clean tech, health care, and technology sectors. She is Board Observer at 99DegreesCustom and Day One Response, as serve on several non-profit boards including the Council of Advisors of USA Girl Scouts Overseas. Deb worked at McKinsey & Company where she served clients in the energy, electronics, and healthcare sectors. Her functional experience spans manufacturing, product development, operations, and strategy.

Deb earned her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and holds a BS in Engineering from Cornell where she was a member of the Varsity Women's Crew. She spent eight years living in Peru and China prior to moving to Boston in 2013.

David Kereiakes, River Cities Capital Funds
David Kereiakes
River Cities Capital Funds

David joined River Cities as an investment professional in 2012. David focuses on the Firm's healthcare practice and works closely with portfolio companies Veran Medical, TissueTech, OrthAlign, NICO Corp., and Advanced Practice Strategies (sold), among others.

Prior to River Cities, David served as an associate with American Financial Group, a registered principal and independent investment adviser and held positions with Merrill Lynch and Procter & Gamble.

David graduated from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business and received his MBA with a concentration in finance from Xavier University's Williams College of Business.

Joey Kim, Romulus Capital
Joey Kim
Romulus Capital

Joey Kim serves as a part of the investment team at Romulus Capital and as the host of a Facebook/Instagram vlog called Venture to Venture (@joeyventure) where he daily documents 1-minute videos on what it means to be an investor.

Before Romulus, he worked at McKinsey where he focused on digital technology monetization, sales operations, and digital capabilities diagnostics. He also served Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens where he helped the governor form his new cabinet.

His tech journey started at the Harvard i-Lab, where he worked on a B2B data visualization tool in the 401k space.

Luda Kopeikina, DSM Venturing
Luda Kopeikina
Senior Investment Manager
DSM Venturing

Luda Kopeikina joined DSM Venturing in 2016 and is currently leading DSM investments in Solar.

Luda came to the US in 1982 from the Soviet Russia with $90 in her pocket and 40 lbs of luggage. Since then she became a VP at General Electric by implementing fifty-percent cuts in business cycles, turned around a public software company for which she was ranked in the top twenty CEOs of US high-tech companies, ahead of Bill Gates, became a serial entrepreneur and then an angel investor.

Her book "The Right Decision Every Time" based on her research into neuroscience and CEO decision making at MIT Sloan was published by Prentice Hall.

Luda holds a Master's Degree from MIT's Sloan School of Management as a Sloan Fellow. She also holds a Master's Degree in Computer Science from St. Petersburg University, Russia, and completed a Ph.D. thesis in Computer Science there.

Benjamin Kreitman, Broadview Ventures
Benjamin Kreitman
Broadview Ventures

Benjamin Kreitman broadly supports the Broadview investment team in its day-to-day operations, including identification and screening of new opportunities, due diligence, negotiation of deal structure, and portfolio company involvement.

Prior to joining Broadview, Benjamin was a Consultant at Monitor Deloitte, the strategy management consulting arm of Deloitte Consulting, LLP. At Monitor Deloitte, Benjamin worked alongside senior executives on a variety of engagements including commercial strategy development for biotechnology startups as well as global pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, and corporate development and investment due diligence across a number of industries.

Benjamin earned undergraduate degrees in Biological Sciences and Financial Economics Magna Cum Laude from Columbia University.

Yury Kukushkin, 4BIO Capital Partners
Yury Kukushkin
4BIO Capital Partners

Yury Kukushkin, Ph.D., is a principal associate at 4BIO Capital. He focuses on biotechnology and healthcare investments, with special focus on advanced therapeutics (gene and cell therapy).

Prior to 4BIO Capital, Yury was an associate with RBV Capital, a venture fund at which he was responsible for life science investments. Specifically, Yury worked on Retrosense Therapeutics (sold to Allergan). Previously, he worked for Abercade Consulting, a boutique consulting company focusing on market research and investments valuations. Yury focused on venture deals and analysis for the U.S. and E.U. biotech markets.

He is a trained scientist, holding a Ph.D. from the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry / Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Germany. He studied neurodegenerative diseases in a Lasker award-winning laboratory. His undergraduate studies were also in biochemistry, at Moscow State University.

Charles Kunsch, AbbVie Ventures
Charles Kunsch
AbbVie Ventures

Chuck has over twenty five years of experience in biomedical R&D, business development and corporate venture capital investing. Since 2013, Chuck has been a member of AbbVie's Venture team and is based in Cambridge, MA where his focus is on early-stage investments in life sciences. Chuck is responsible for sourcing, evaluating and transacting venture investments and is a board observer to several AbbVie portfolio companies.

Prior to joining the Ventures team, he served as a Director in Abbott's Global External Research organization where he was responsible for the identification, assessment, and development of early-stage partnerships across Abbott's therapeutic areas. Before joining Abbott in 2009, he served as Vice President of Discovery at AtheroGenics, Inc leading teams that brought several programs into clinical development for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and asthma. Before joining AtheroGenics, Dr. Kunsch started his career in biotech as one of the first scientists with Human Genome Sciences where he led a team of scientists to fully sequence the genomes of several medically important bacterial pathogens.

Dr. Kunsch obtained his B.S. in Biological Sciences from Drexel University and Ph.D. from Penn State's College of Medicine in Microbiology and Immunology. He performed his postdoctoral work at the Roche Institute of Molecular Biology under the mentorship of Craig Rosen. Dr. Kunsch is an inventor on more than 30 patents and has authored more than 125 peer-reviewed manuscripts, reviews and book chapters.

Vic Lanio, Flare Capital Partners
Vic Lanio
Senior Associate
Flare Capital Partners

Vic Lanio is a Senior Associate at Flare Capital Partners. Prior to joining Flare, Vic was a Product Strategy Manager at naviHealth, responsible for enterprise product strategy during the integration of legacy naviHealth, Curaspan and RightCare businesses. Vic joined naviHealth by way of Curaspan, where he worked to prepare for and execute the transaction with naviHealth.

Previously, Vic worked at McKinsey & Company serving healthcare providers. He focused primarily on health system strategy within the context of the Affordable Care Act and the transition to value-based care models. He helped build the Objective Health solution, a scalable consulting model for small to mid-sized health systems that is now a part of McKinsey's Healthcare Systems and Services (HSS) practice. He also helped launch and served as the Executive Board Co-Chair of Boston Young Healthcare Professionals, a local 501(c)(3) aimed at providing educational, networking and community service opportunities for young healthcare professionals in Boston.

Vic obtained his B.S. from Boston College, with majors in Physics and Finance. He also obtained his M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management. While at Sloan, he worked with Curaspan, Wellframe and was a Flare Capital Scholar. He also co-Directed the inaugural MIT Healthcare Innovations Prize, a pitch competition for health tech entrepreneurs at MIT and Harvard.

Michael Letta, Human Ventures
Michael Letta
General Partner
Human Ventures

Michael Letta is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Human Ventures. Michael comes to Human Ventures from charity: water where he served as CFO. He was hired by the founder to lead various finance, operations and administrative functions through a rapid expansion of the organization from $9M to $45M in annual revenue; where headcount grew from 20 to 75 employees, and the unique supporter base from 56K to more than 700K. During this same period, collective fundraising efforts brought in more than $175M of both working capital and international investment funding. The latter will help bring more than 6M people in 24 developing countries clean, safe drinking water.

Prior to charity: water, Michael led teams at Thomson Media and Deloitte. He's a CPA and holds a BS/BA from The Ohio State University.

Marissa Lowman, Village Capital
Marissa Lowman
Village Capital

Marissa Lowman leads the education practice at Village Capital.

Most recently, she was a Senior Fellow at Learn Capital, where she focused on product development and investment due diligence. Marissa co-founded LearnLaunch, an ed-tech accelerator, community, and co-working space in Boston. While there, she served as the Executive Director of LearnLaunch Institute, LearnLaunch's non-profit arm, where she grew the ed-tech community across New England, developed and scaled the Across Boundaries conference, and helped select incoming cohorts for the LearnLaunch Accelerator.

Marissa graduated with honors from Johns Hopkins University and received her MBA from Cornell Tech.

Nina Lu, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Nina Lu
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Nina Lu joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2017. Before joining, Nina spent time in TPG's technology group and Morgan Stanley's technology banking group. Prior to that, Nina spent time at Microsoft in software development / product management, working on handwriting transcription, and at Apple in business operations, where she worked on Apple's World Wide Developer's Conference.

Nina graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania where she studied finance at the Wharton School and computer science as part of the Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology. While on campus, she helped run PennApps, one of the largest collegiate hackathons, and consulted for Philadelphia area small businesses through the Wharton Small Business Development Center.

When she isn't trying new apps and gadgets, Nina enjoys rock climbing and eating tacos.

Jiong Ma, Braemar Energy Ventures
Jiong Ma
Braemar Energy Ventures

Jiong Ma has more than 15 years of research, operating and venture capital experience in the technology industry.

Prior to joining Braemar, she was with the venture group at 3i, Lucent Technologies and Bell Labs in product portfolio strategy, new product launches for Optical and Data Networking, and R&D, She was also with Nortel Networks and a founding member of Onetta.

Dr. Ma received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder, an M.S. in electrical engineering from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, and a B.S. in physics from Lanzhou University, China.

She is a graduate of the Kauffman Fellows Program, has published or co-authored 15 technical papers, and holds one U.S. patent. Dr. Ma serves on the boards of Aledia, Convey Computer, Fulham, Laser Light Engines, MC10, Powervation, and Storiant.

Russ MacTough, Liberty Mutual Strategic Ventures
Russ MacTough
Managing Director
Liberty Mutual Strategic Ventures

Russ MacTough is Managing Director of Liberty Mutual Strategic Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Liberty Mutual Insurance.

Prior to joining Liberty Mutual he was with Morgan Partners, a fintech-focused middle market investment bank, where he led M&A transactions primarily in the insurance technology sector. Before that Russ helped build Silicon Valley Bank's advisory services group, SVB Analytics, as one of its earliest employees and technology sector lead. Russ also launched SVB Analytics' corporate VC practice and served as an advisor to corporate VCs looking to invest in the start-up ecosystem.

Early in his career Russ worked at FactSet Research System as a self-taught programmer and database designer where he helped build a hosted platform for quantitative money managers.

Russ is a graduate of Boston College, holds an MBA from Babson College, and is a CFA charter holder.

Ashish Mahashabde, IBM Ventures
Ashish Mahashabde
IBM Ventures


Brandon Maier, Quake Capital
Brandon Maier
Founding Partner
Quake Capital

Brandon has past experience in finance, marketing, and entrepreneurship, and holds a degree in Communications from NYU. His most recent startup endeavor, Jozii.com, is a student based job matching service which amassed over 100,000 student users in the US.

Other startup experiences include serving as a Financial Controller for a Bitcoin Exchange and a marketing consultant for companies building out campus brand marketing campaigns. In addition to launching his own startups, Brandon has taken the time to participate in various accelerator programs, including NYU's Summer Launchpad. Even with his various commitments, Brandon has been dedicated to giving back to the University Entrepreneurship community, regularly speaking on Entrepreneurship as a guest lecturer at NYU, Pace, Penn State, and USC as well as serving as a judge for college pitch competitions which include Princeton's Tiger Launch, Global Entrepreneurship week and many more.

As a member of the Quake team, Brandon handles University Relations, Deal Flow Generation, and Partnerships. To date, Brandon is connected with over 80 University Entrepreneurship programs across the country including Columbia, MIT, and other top tier institutions, all of whom have participated in Quake's University Investor Series Program.

Olga Maslikhova, Phystech Ventures
Olga Maslikhova
Managing Partner
Phystech Ventures

Olga Maslikhova is a managing partner at Phystech Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm she co-founded in 2013. She focuses preliminary on b2b companies in IoT, automotive and cybersecurity and leads investments in North America and South East Asia. Olga is serving on the boards of several Phystech Ventures-backed companies and is actively involved in business operations of most of her portfolio. She is a mentor at Techstars Mobility Detroit.

As an investor, Olga is passionate about all things mobility and helps technology entrepreneurs who develop deep tech solutions for large and densely populated cities to scale their ventures across regions & boarders. Apart from Phystech Ventures, Olga is an early investor in companies like ClassPass, VINEBOX, MelScience, Jetti and Cibando (acquired by Zomato).

Olga studies wine as her hobby and holds a number of certificates including WSET level 1, 2, and 3.

Hollis McGuire, Impact NH Fund
Hollis McGuire
Founder & General Partner
Impact NH Fund

Hollis McGuire founded the Northeast Angels Investment Group in 2005 and was on the Board of Directors until 2017. In 2017, she co-founded the Impact NH Fund, a NH focused fund with a mission to involve more women as active investors.

She serves the NH SBDC as the Regional Director of the Nashua area office. With her assistance, client companies have collectively obtained over $100 million in funding.

Through her work, she has received many awards such as: the 2006 Outstanding Women in Business Award, a NH Woman of Achievement Award in 2009, the SBDC Service Excellence Award in 2010, and the 2015 NH State Star Award. Hollis is an MBA graduate from University of Connecticut and a Certified Public Accountant in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

David Miller, Clean Energy Venture Fund
David Miller
Managing Director
Clean Energy Venture Fund

David Miller was Founder and Executive Managing Director of the Clean Energy Venture Group (CEVG) between 20015 and 2017. An engineer by training, he brings over twenty years of technology startup management experience and over eighteen years of seed stage investing experience. He has been on the board of directors or advisory board of several clean energy companies, including MyEnergy, Azima DLI, and Cambrian Innovation and has mentored many others. He also has an appointment as Research Affiliate at MIT's Sloan School of Management.

Previously, Mr. Miller founded several companies, including Quantum Telecom Solutions, which developed software for programmable switching equipment. He grew the company to profitability, with over 100% annual growth over a four-year period, and then negotiated venture financing and sold the company to Excel Switching Corp. a public company that shortly thereafter was itself acquired by Lucent Technologies. At Lucent, he served as Director in the New Ventures Group, where he managed and evaluated a diverse set of early stage investments. Mr. Miller is a New England Chapter Director of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2, www.e2.org), a national community of business leaders who advocate for good environmental policy while building economic prosperity and has developed relationships with state and federal policy makers to support the growth of the clean energy industry.

He is a founding member of the MIT Enterprise Forum's Energy Special Interest Group and chaired the mentor program for what is now called the "Northeast Cleantech Open" for its first four years. Mr. Miller also co-founded EPrime, which is a forum for clean energy entrepreneurs to network and support each others' enterprises, was a board member of New England Energy and Environmental Funders, which educated investors interested in energy and environmental companies, and was a founding advisory board member of the Northeast Clean Energy Council. Mr. Miller was awarded a patent for co-developing a "one number" telecom service, and taught at Rutgers University in the Electrical Engineering Department.

He received his BS and MS in Computer Science and Engineering from MIT, and completed his doctorate at MIT's Lab for Energy and the Environment, where he studied the utilization and commercialization of distributed generation and energy efficiency measures. His dissertation examined the impact of a variety of management and investment strategies and public policy initiatives on the success of new clean energy ventures. As Research Affiliate at MIT's Sloan School of Management, he supervises the continuation of this work. Mr. Miller lives in Newton, MA with his wife and two children.

Mark Mueller-Eberstein, Alliance of Angels
Mark Mueller-Eberstein
Alliance of Angels

One of the world's leading experts on how businesses can leverage key technology trends, transform organizations and to drive a competitive advantage. He is an internationally renowned business leader, entrepreneur, investor, consultant, best-selling author, and teaches at Rutgers Business School.

Juan Muldoon, Invenergy Future Fund
Juan Muldoon
Invenergy Future Fund

Juan Muldoon focuses on sourcing, evaluating, valuing, executing and managing the Fund's portfolio. He is integral to all aspects of the Fund's operations, including leading sourcing efforts, developing investment theses, driving diligence of potential investments, and supporting and monitoring portfolio companies. In addition, Muldoon is also the main interface between the Fund and partners in administration, audit and finance. Furthermore, Muldoon helped develop and manages the Fund's budget and economic model.

Prior to joining Invenergy, Muldoon worked at JPMorgan Chase, developing expertise in business analysis, multi-asset class trading, investments strategy, and portfolio management. Muldoon has also worked in venture capital, leading diligence and investments for early-stage companies in technology, financial services, consumer products, and enterprise services.

He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BA, magna cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame.

Aaron  Nelson, Novartis Venture Fund
Aaron Nelson
Novartis Venture Fund


T.T. Nguyen Duc, Pearson Affordable Learning Fund
T.T. Nguyen Duc
Investment Director
Pearson Affordable Learning Fund

T.T. Nguyen Duc leads venture capital investments for Pearson Affordable Learning Fund (PALF). She identifies investment opportunities for the fund and provides strategic, financial, and operational expertise to early-stage education companies in the US, Asia, Africa, and South America.

Previously, she led strategy, operations, and fundraising at online education platforms Skillshare and Chegg (IPO), and was a management consultant at Oliver Wyman.

She co-founded a medical device company while completing her B.S. Neuroscience and M.S. Management Science and Engineering degrees at Stanford University and a fellowship at Oxford University. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Ira Nydick, Panasonic Venture Group
Ira Nydick
Panasonic Venture Group

Working in both Japan and the US, Ira has contributed to Panasonic's R&D and open innovation activities for over 16 years, the past 10 of which he has been a member of Panasonic Venture Group in Cupertino, CA.

He has broad contacts and deep knowledge of the technology roadmaps inside of Panasonic which are essential for developing corporate alliances between venture backed companies and Panasonic.

Ira earned his Ph.D. and Master's degrees at the University of California Los Angeles and his Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic University.

Lauren Pfeifer, Maschmeyer Group Ventures
Lauren Pfeifer
Investment Associate
Maschmeyer Group Ventures


Christie Pitts, Backstage Capital
Christie Pitts
Backstage Capital

Christie is Partner and Chief of Staff of Backstage Capital. She is responsible for guiding our Crew to ensure Backstage runs smoothly towards its mission as well as joining Managing Partner, Arlan Hamilton, in making investment decisions (aka signing Headliners!)

Christie has extensive experience creating valuable partnerships between startups and Fortune 500 top 20 corporations, and joins Backstage from her role as Venture Development Manager at Verizon Ventures.

Christie holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from San Jose State University, and an MBA from University of Phoenix.

Morgan Polotan, Genacast Ventures
Morgan Polotan
Genacast Ventures

Morgan is a Principal with Genacast Ventures where his responsibilities include evaluating investment opportunities, sourcing new deals, and managing the growth of existing portfolio companies.

Prior to joining Genacast, Morgan worked at Bloomberg Beta, the venture firm backed by Bloomberg. He also spent time as a software engineer at Tapad and Market-Based Management instructor at the Charles Koch Institute. Morgan earned his BS from Northeastern University.

Gopal Rajaraman, Motorola Solutions Venture Capital
Gopal Rajaraman
Investment Principal
Motorola Solutions Venture Capital

Gopal Rajaraman is an Investment Principal with Motorola Solutions Venture Capital. In this role, Gopal identifies, executes, and manages strategic minority private equity investments for Motorola Solutions.

Prior to joining the Motorola Ventures team, Gopal spent fifteen years working within Motorola's Engineering teams in various roles from Software Developer to Lead Architect to Program Owner/Manager, managing several global teams and projects.

Gopal holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with a concentration in Analytical Finance and Accounting. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering from Purdue University and a B.Tech degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.

Lisa Rhoads, Easton Capital
Lisa Rhoads
Managing Director
Easton Capital

Lisa joined Easton Capital in 2010 when she repatriated from Bermuda.

Lisa was previously with Celtic Pharma, a Bermuda-based global biotech private equity firm where she was a founding member of the management team. Lisa's spent the last 7 years acquiring and developing a portfolio of later-stage biotech programs where she was involved with all aspects of the development process and managed Intellectual Property portfolio.

Lisa has been involved in all aspects of the investment and development process and sits on the board of electroCore, Respiratory Motion, Shimojani, and observer board role for Resolve and Perceptimed. Lisa also sits on the board at America's Best Home Healthcare, a home healthcare company.

Prior to her role with Celtic Pharma, Lisa consulted and helped launched a number of Hedge Funds and has held senior positions in the Pharma industry with Bristol Myers Squibb J&J's McNeil Consumer Products Company and Zeneca's US pharmaceutical division.

Steven Robinette, Atlas Venture
Steven Robinette
Atlas Venture

Steven Robinette is an associate at Atlas Venture, where he focuses on new investment opportunities translating basic biological discoveries into drug discovery programs. Since joining in 2015, he has been on the founding teams of two new ventures and supported 10+ Atlas investments.

Previously, Steven was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company and a fellow in the Genome Institute at the NIH.

Steven received his PhD from Imperial College London, where he was a Marshall Scholar and an NSF Graduate Research Fellow.

Riley Rodgers, Valia Investments
Riley Rodgers
Valia Investments

Riley Rodgers is a Principal at Valia Investments, a US-based investment firm bringing together leading family businesses from the Middle East and North Africa. At Valia, Riley manages the Boston office for Valia and focuses on working with globally minded entrepreneurs helping them to evaluate expansion opportunities in the MENA region.

Previously, Riley was an Associate at Arctaris Capital Partners, a Boston based firm utilizing debt, equity and revenue based financing to support growth stage businesses. He was also the Founder of Crash Alert, a mobile application to detect and respond to car accidents.

Outside of Valia, Riley is an active contributor to the local ecosystem as a mentor to startups and board member for several non-profits.

Douglas Roth, Connecticut Innovations
Douglas Roth
Managing Director
Connecticut Innovations

Douglas Roth is Director, Investments at Connecticut Innovations, Inc. (CI), the leading source of financing and ongoing support for Connecticut's innovative, growing companies and the state's most active early-stage investor. At CI, Douglas is responsible for sourcing new investment opportunities, evaluating and negotiating investments, serving on the boards of portfolio companies, and supporting their growth and success.

Before joining CI, Douglas gained extensive experience with early-stage businesses as an advisor, operator, and entrepreneur. He founded a consulting firm to help early-stage companies identify and assess growth opportunities, generate sustainable revenue, and manage intellectual property. Previously, as a senior consultant at a boutique management consulting firm, Douglas provided strategic intellectual property advisory services to companies in the telecommunications, information technology, and medical device industries. He advised investors in early-stage businesses, representing more than $250 million in invested capital. Early in his career, Douglas spent more than a decade in the telecommunications industry, primarily focused on international voice, data, and IP networks.

Douglas earned his BA, magna cum laude, in Economics and Mathematics from Boston University, and his MS in Electrical Engineering also from Boston University. He received an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in Entrepreneurial and Strategic Management, where he was the commencement speaker. Douglas is a competitive distance runner and avid backpacker. He lives in Manchester, CT with his wife and two children.

Kathryn Roy, Walnut Ventures
Kathryn Roy
Walnut Ventures

As a Walnut Ventures angel investor and through Mass Challenge, Kathryn invests in and mentors Boston-area seed and early stage companies with technology-based B2B or B2C products.

Kathryn has over 30 years of experience helping B2B companies - from startups to IBM - boost the effectiveness of their sales and marketing organizations.

Kathryn was CMO on the executive team that took Phase Forward through its turnaround and successful IPO.

As GM, Kathryn helped build a $100 million nationwide Internet service for BBN Planet (later Genuity).

Andrew Schoen, New Enterprise Associates
Andrew Schoen
New Enterprise Associates

Andrew is a Principal at NEA and is on the founding team of the firms' NYC office, where he focuses on enterprise and consumer technology investments.

Andrew is a Board Director of CCP Games, Qadium, and IONQ, and he is actively involved in NEA's investments in Code42, Curalate, Duolingo, Pocket, ThreatQuotient, and TrackMaven. Prior to NEA, Andrew was an Analyst at Blackstone in New York. In addition, Andrew co-founded Flicstart, a digital media company that was acquired in 2015.

Andrew received his MS as a Schwarzman Scholar at Tsinghua University in Beijing. He received his BA from Cornell University where he graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors and studied Economics in the College of Arts and Sciences and Science of Earth Systems in the College of Engineering.

Andrew serves on the Advisory Council for Entrepreneurship at Cornell, is President Emeritus of the Cornell Venture Capital Club, and is a Board Member of the National Udall Scholarship Association focusing on issues related to environmental sustainability.

Reese Schroeder, Tyson Ventures
Reese Schroeder
Managing Director
Tyson Ventures

Reese Schroeder currently serves as Managing Director of Tyson Ventures. He is responsible for building and managing the opportunity pipeline, as well as executing investment transactions.

Prior to joining Tyson Foods, Reese was with Motorola for 28 years serving as Managing Director for Motorola Ventures from 2004 until 2017. Prior to joining Motorola Ventures, Reese was a Director in Motorola's Corporate Development and Strategic Transactions Group responsible for a wide variety of M&A activity. During his tenure with Motorola, he served in various capacities in the Networks Business Unit, including Senior Manager of the Contracts Department, Commercial Strategies Manager for the International Marketing Organization, Director of Operations for the Asia Pacific business and Director of Business Development.

Prior to joining Motorola, Reese was Vice President of Sales and Administration for a Midwest-based manufacturer of chemical transportation containers. He also engaged in his own private law practice for a brief period of time.

In 1981, Reese graduated from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois in with a B.A. majoring in Political Science. He also received his J.D. from John Marshall Law School in 1984.

Paul Seidler, Clean Energy Trust
Paul Seidler
Clean Energy Trust

Paul Seidler is the Director of Venture Development at Clean Energy Trust (CET), a Chicago-based cleantech accelerator and seed investor. Paul oversees CET's investment process and manages venture services for the fund's portfolio. He primarily focuses on startups in solar, storage, energy efficiency, and mobility, serving as a board director for GreenLancer and board observer for AllCell, Idle Smart, Igor, Lotic Labs, Nexmatix, SPLT, and Sun Number.

Prior to joining CET, Paul oversaw business development for ATFI, an advanced materials startup.

He holds a BA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Steve Shapiro, Learn Launch
Steve Shapiro
Investment Partner
Learn Launch

Steve brings over 25 years of entrepreneurial experience to his role as Chief Executive Officer of FineTune (formerly Academic Merit).

Steve had launched three different successful start-ups, ranging from K-12 intervention in urban school districts, tutoring and test prep, adult workforce development and international student exchange. In addition to his numerous entrepreneurial ventures, Steve is an adviser and angel investor for a number of other EdTech start-ups and is an active angel in Launchpad Venture Group and Cornell Red Bear Angels. Steve currently guides Academic Merit's strategy and has successfully helped the company pivot to engage a number of nationally recognized partners. Additionally, he is on a never-ending mission to ensure that education technology is flawlessly implemented at the school level.

Steve has both a BS and MBA from Cornell University and is currently on sabbatical from the M.Ed and Ed.D program at UMass Boston.

Jeph Shaw, New Energy Capital Partners
Jeph Shaw
Vice President
New Energy Capital Partners

Jeph Shaw, Principal at New Energy Capital, focuses on transaction origination, execution and monitoring. Jeph originally joined NEC as an Associate in 2010 and left in 2013 to pursue an MBA.

After business school, Jeph joined SunEdison, where he focused on corporate finance and treasury in the TerraForm Power and TerraForm Global “YieldCo” affiliates before returning to NEC in 2016. Earlier in his career, Jeph was an investment banking analyst focused on M&A advisory with TM Capital.

Jeph is a graduate of Tufts University (BA) and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth (MBA).

Gus Simiao, Clean Energy Venture Group
Gus Simiao
Clean Energy Venture Group


Sean Simpson, GM Ventures
Sean Simpson
Investment Manager
GM Ventures

Prior to joining GM Ventures in April 2016, Sean was Founder/CEO of AutoBike, a startup that designed and built electronic automatic shifting systems for bicycles. Before that, he worked in both the automotive and military defense industries as a lead engineer with a focus on powertrain activities.

Sean received a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Lawrence Technological University and a master of business administration from the University of Michigan.

Ishan Sinha, Point72 Ventures
Ishan Sinha
Point72 Ventures

Ishan is an Associate on the Point72 Ventures team, helping evaluate and execute investments. Ishan joined Point72 Ventures after rotating through various long/short teams within Point72, covering public companies in the technology and financial spaces.

Before joining Point72, Ishan was an investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs. He graduated from Yale University with a BA in Economics.

An avid musician, Ishan advises the Duality School of Music, a non-profit music education program for underserved youth in his hometown of New Haven.

Claire Elizabeth Smith, Anterra Capital
Claire Elizabeth Smith
Anterra Capital


Justin  Smith, Tusk Ventures
Justin Smith
Vice President
Tusk Ventures

Justin Smith is a Vice President and member of the investment team at Tusk Ventures where he is responsible for sourcing opportunities, evaluating potential investments, and executing transactions.

Before joining Tusk Ventures, Justin was an Investment Associate at Benefit Street Partners, a $13 billion multi-strategy investment manager and affiliate of Providence Equity Partners. During that time, Justin executed and oversaw approximately $400 million of investments in companies spanning a wide range of industries.

Prior to Benefit Street, Justin worked as an Investment Banking Analyst in the Leveraged Finance Group at Jefferies where he facilitated over $5 billion in high yield and leveraged loan transactions for financial sponsors and corporate clients.

Justin began his career in the assurance and advisory practice of Ernst & Young and is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the state of Texas.

Justin received a Master in Professional Accounting and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

Shirley Speakman, Cycle Capital Management
Shirley Speakman
Cycle Capital Management

Shirley Speakman joined Cycle Capital as a Partner and is based in our Toronto office. Shirley was the Director of Investments for the MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund (IAF) a $40M+ venture capital fund established by the Ontario government to invest in seed and early stage technology oriented companies based in Ontario. As Director of Investments, Shirley was responsible for investment recommendations and decisions, portfolio management, sourcing and partnering. Shirley continues to contribute to the MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund as an advisor on its cleantech investment committee. During her tenure at IAF, she oversaw investments in cleantech, successfully exited investments and assisted portfolio companies secure significant follow-on financing.

Prior to joining the IAF, Shirley spent over 12 years acting as advising biotech, ag-biotech and advanced manufacturing and materials companies in areas such as strategy, finance, negotiations and fund raising. She spearheaded numerous financings and M&A transactions and participated in the creation of a $40M cross border life sciences fund and the close of a Canadian based $40M ag-biotech fund.

Shirley holds her ICD.d (University of Toronto), a MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Bachelor's of Economics from the University of Waterloo.

Carl Stjernfeldt, Shell Technology Ventures
Carl Stjernfeldt
North American Venture Manager
Shell Technology Ventures

Carl Stjernfeldt is a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Carl is a member of the team at Shell Technology Ventures (STV), Shell' s corporate Venture Capital fund. Carl serves as Manager of North American Venture at Shell Technology Ventures since September 2013. STV invests in technology companies focused on the oil & gas and future energy (clean/green tech) markets, as well as IT and mobile technologies that support them. STV acts as a strategic partner and makes minority investments in select technology companies, including Shell technology spin-outs, and also acts as an LP in some externally managed venture capital funds.

Carl has 20 years' experience in managing critical business issues, mainly for high growth technology companies. Carl has served on numerous boards of successful companies including: Agito Networks (acquired by ShoreTel), Arbor Networks (acquired by Tektronix), BNI Video (acquired by Cisco), Broadbus Technologies (acquired by Motorola), Cedar Point Communications (acquired by Genband) and Tejas Networks.

Hyuk-Jeen Suh, Samsung Ventures
Hyuk-Jeen Suh
Head of Samsung Ventures East Coast
Samsung Ventures

Hyuk-Jeen Suh is the Head of the Samsung Ventures East Coast office.

Before joining Samsung Ventures, Hyuk-Jeen worked at J.P. Morgan investment banking in the Technology, Media, and Telecom group. Prior to J.P. Morgan, he led the global senior business development efforts at MEMSIC, a semiconductor startup.

Hyuk-Jeen was a senior research engineer at Sequenom, a biotech startup prior to MEMSIC. He began his career at Intel Corporation as a process engineer. He mentors startup companies and is a guest speaker at various universities including at Harvard University, Yale University, and MIT and judges for the MIT $100K entrepreneurship competition.

Hyuk-Jeen earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He earned his MBA from Yale School of Management. He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering, B.A in economics and M.E in electrical engineering, all from Cornell University.

Charles Svirk, MassMutual Ventures
Charles Svirk
MassMutual Ventures

As a Senior Associate at MassMutual Ventures, Charles Svirk assists the three Managing Directors, Doug Russel, Eric Emmons, and Mark Goodman, in sourcing potential investment opportunities and the management of the existing investment portfolio.

Prior to joining MassMutual Ventures, Mr. Svirk served as an Investment Associate at Clear Brook Advisors, advising on $1.3B in assets on fund investments in venture capital, private equity, hedge funds, and other illiquid strategies.

Before Clear Brook Advisors, Mr. Svirk co-founded Photos to Photos, Inc., an angel-backed mobile gaming studio located in Boston. Prior to that, Inc., Mr. Svirk served as an Associate at Siemens Venture Capital, where he helped support and source investments in Healthcare.

Mr. Svirk graduated cum laude from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, concentrating in Finance and Entrepreneurship.

Neil Swami, MVM Life Science Partners
Neil Swami
MVM Life Science Partners

Neil joined MVM in 2015. Prior to joining MVM, he was at Locust Walk Partners, executing a variety of buy- and sell-side transactions across a wide range of company types and therapeutic areas within healthcare. He was also a member of CVS Caremark's strategic development team and a consultant at Oliver Wyman.

Neil began his career at a Howard Hughes Medical Institute lab at the Wadsworth Center in Albany, NY, where he used 3D Cryo-Electron Microscopy techniques to study ribosome structures.

Neil holds an MBA in Healthcare Management from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and received his A.B. in the History of Science from Princeton University.

Laura Tadvalkar, MP Healthcare Venture Management
Laura Tadvalkar
Senior Associate
MP Healthcare Venture Management

Laura Tadvalkar joined MP Healthcare Venture Management in 2017, where she focuses on early-stage investments in therapeutics and platform technologies.

Prior to MPH, Laura was a Manager at Clarion Healthcare, a boutique life sciences consulting firm in Boston. At Clarion, she worked with both emerging and established biopharmaceutical companies on commercial strategy for therapeutics & drug/device combinations in rare disease and oncology.

Laura holds a BS in Chemistry from Yale University and a PhD in Chemical Biology from Harvard University, where her research focused on mitochondrial physiology, disease, and role in cancer metabolism.

Sebastian Titz, 3M Ventures
Sebastian Titz
3M Ventures

Sebastian Titz is Manager of New Ventures for 3M New Ventures, the corporate venture capital unit of 3M, and currently is in the process of setting up and running the operations of 3M New Ventures in North America.

Before joining 3M he earned his PhD in Science and Technology Management at the University of Naples in Italy and completed his MBA at the University of New Hampshire.

Graham Walmsley, Versant Ventures
Graham Walmsley
Versant Ventures

Graham Walmsley, M.D., Ph.D. is an Investment Professional at Versant Ventures focused on biotechnology and healthcare investments.

Graham joined Versant after completing his training as a Physician Scientist Fellow at Stanford University School of Medicine. Graham's thesis work in the laboratories of Irving Weissman and Michael Longaker was featured in TIME Magazine and resulted in several patents as well as over 60 peer-reviewed publications in journals such as Science and Cell. At Versant, Graham helped build and launch BlueRock Therapeutics, a regenerative medicine company formed in partnership with Bayer through one of the largest series A investments in biotech history.

Kristina Wang, F-Prime Capital Partners
Kristina Wang
F-Prime Capital Partners

Kristina Wang joined F-Prime Capital as an Analyst in 2015.

Prior to F-Prime Capital, Kristina was an investment banking analyst in the Healthcare Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where she focused on biotech M&A and capital markets transactions.

Kristina graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied Chemical Engineering and Finance.

Pelli Wang, SeedInvest
Pelli Wang

Pelli Wang heads partnerships and investments for early and growth stage startups at SeedInvest, a leading equity crowdfunding platform and VC fund. She is excited by the global paradigm shift towards entrepreneurship innovation and is always on the hunt for the next, new thing.

Prior to joining SeedInvest, she worked at Lean Startup Machine, which is a NYC enterprise SaaS startup that was part of Techstars. She led their business development efforts in Asia / Greater China and built key partnerships with tech leaders and influencers. She also spent time in various investing roles at Capmark and Barclays Capital's investment banking group.

Josh Weiss, Launchpad Venture Group
Josh Weiss
Launchpad Venture Group


Patrick West, Maine Angels
Patrick West
Maine Angels

Patrick West is an accomplished executive, entrepreneur, and director with extensive executive management, investment and M&A experience in the healthcare technology and oil and gas / manufacturing sectors.

Patrick's early career was with Stryker Corporation where he participated in numerous M&A and JV negotiations. In 2002, Patrick founded a group of companies in the oil and gas industry, which he led as CEO through exit in 2009 to Cameron International at best-in-industry multiples. Subsequently, he has held several non-executive board positions in Europe and the US primarily with early stage companies.

In his current role, Patrick assists companies maximize enterprise and ultimately exit value as a partner at Mirus. He also continues to hold a range of non-executive board positions and provides angel investment and strategic direction to a portfolio of companies. He is a member of Maine Angels and Mass Medical Angels.

Patrick holds a bachelor's degree from DePauw University and has participated in the executive management training program at Harvard Business School.

Hayden Williams, BBG Ventures
Hayden Williams
BBG Ventures

Hayden is an Associate at BBG Ventures, a New York-based early stage venture capital fund focused on consumer internet and mobile startups with at least one female founder.

Prior to BBG Ventures, Hayden co-founded a tech startup. Hayden also spent four years in investment banking at BofA Merrill Lynch.

He received his BA from Vanderbilt University where he graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors and studied Economics and Corporate Strategy. ᐧ

Mic Williams, Boston Harbor Angels
Mic Williams
President & Founder
Boston Harbor Angels

Mic (Michael) Williams has been an investor for over 35 years. Whereas his primary investments and have been in commercial real estate; his previous investments have included manufacturing, mining, movies, lumber products, ships and a television enterprise. Since he founded the Boston chapter of the Boston Harbor Angels in 2004 he has invested in over twenty-five of the over 100 investments of the Boston Harbor Angels.

He spent 18 years with Coldwell Banker Commercial Group (now CBRE) in California, Arizona, and New York. He left to join Aries Enterprises as President of a large scale land development company in Colorado and Arizona and involved in the planning, development and sales of major planned communities. He was a Managing Director of Landauer (a NY real estate consulting firm) and also provided real estate investment banking services with a small private firm in NYC. He has served on many, public, private, and charitable boards.

He has been active in the angel investment community serving on panels, judging and lecturing at many seminars, events including Babson, Bentley, B.U., U.Mass, MIT, and Harvard.

Troy Williams, University Ventures
Troy Williams
Managing Director
University Ventures

Troy Williams is a Managing Director of University Ventures.

Prior to University Ventures, Troy was a senior executive at Macmillan where he was CEO of Macmillan Enterprise Solutions and President of Macmillan New Ventures, managing an edtech portfolio of seven companies with a focus on data and analytics, university systems and student performance and outcomes.

Troy founded and for nine years was CEO of Questia Media, an early ebook company ultimately sold to Cengage Learning.

Troy received his bachelor's degree in History, Phi Beta Kappa, from Rice University, and his law degree from the Harvard Law School where he was a member of Harvard Law Review.

Troy started his career in the mergers and acquisitions practice at Cravath, Swaine & Moore. He is on the Advisory Board of Rice University's School of Humanities. Troy focuses on investments in software and systems for universities.

Tiffany  Yu, F-Prime Capital Partners
Tiffany Yu
F-Prime Capital Partners

Tiffany Yu is part of the healthcare investment team at F-Prime Capital. She joined the firm in 2015, and prior to F-Prime, she was an Associate Consultant at L.E.K. Consulting. At L.E.K., she worked with life sciences and healthcare clients where her engagements covered multiple therapeutic areas and centered primarily on strategy and due diligence projects.

Tiffany received her B.A. from Williams College, graduating cum laude and with honors.

Lu Zhang, NewGen Capital
Lu Zhang
Founding and Managing Partner
NewGen Capital

Lu Zhang is the Founding and Managing Partner of NewGen Capital.

Prior to starting NewGen, she was a Venture Partner at Fenox Venture Capital. She participated in over 20 investments and assist M&A of the portfolios. Lu was also the Founder and CEO of Acetone Inc. (acquired 2012), a start-up focused on non-invasive technology for the early diagnosis of Type II diabetes. She has also worked as a consultant at the United Nations Industrial Development Agency.

Lu received her M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University and holds several patents. She is an advisor and mentor to several innovative programs and incubators in Silicon Valley. Lu has won numerous awards and is frequently invited to speak at events.

She was recently awarded the Forbes US 30 under 30 & Featured as the Honoree of VC category. She was also awarded the Forbes Asia 30 under 30 of Finance category in the same year.

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