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Orange County Venture Capital Fast Pitch
August 29, 2019
Pitch and network with venture capitalists, angels and accredited investors from Southern California, Silicon Valley and throughout the country at the Orange County Venture Capital Fast Pitch Conference
Black Dog Venture Partners has hosted investor events throughout the west and has raised millions of dollars for start ups as a direct result of our fast pitch conferences.
Our investor panelists include:
Scott Kelly, Black Dog Venture Partners
Scott Kelly Founder and CEO of Black Dog Venture Partners, is a 25 year fundraising, marketing, sales, training and publicity veteran. Scott has raised millions of dollars in capital for disruptive companies, garnered national media coverage for hundreds of regional and national brands and generated millions of dollars in revenues for the companies he has represented. He has also trained over 1,000 sales people and has taught marketing at the university level in the United States and Europe.
Vishal Arora Technology Executive, Startup Investor, Incubator, and Advisor
Vishal is a technologist at heart. He enjoys building disruptive, innovative technology products and services that have worldwide impact, as well as investing in, incubating, and advising startups that do the same. He has Bachelor’s and Master’s in Computer Science and an Executive MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Vishal has served multiple products and professional services organizations like Microsoft, Symantec, Accenture, and Avanade in different leadership capacity, where his roles included enterprise product and services strategy, design and delivery, product and portfolio management, global technology and P&L management. He is a founder of both Netvega Solutions, an IT services firm focused on providing services and solutions for small to mid-market companies, and VDOSH, an investment and advisory firm focused on growing technology startups in the early stages of their development.
Vishal is passionate about startup mentorship and incubation and supports startups throughout the United States and India. He is a mentor with multiple incubation and acceleration centers including Alchemist Accelerator, Accenture Ventures and SAP and more.
JJ Richa – Angel Investor
JJ Richa is an accomplished serial entrepreneur, executive and investor. JJ has successfully founded several companies, where he served as President and CEO, including a software company for the hospitality industry, an online eCommerce portal for high-end made-to-order gifts, and a custom software development company concentrating on the financial sector. JJ is a private equity investor, a longtime member of Tech Coast Angels where he served as its vice president and a member of its executive committee. JJ has served on numerous board of directors, started a private equity firm and served in senior executive restructuring and turnaround roles including interim CEO and fractional COO for businesses at various stages. JJ has BS and MS degrees from Cal State Long Beach.
Hershel Mehta, CPA – Private Investor, Mehta Ventures, Los Angeles, CA
Hershel Mehta is a Venture Capitalist in charge of U.S. investments through his Family Office’s proprietary fund called Mehta Ventures. He has gone through the entrepreneurship journey himself, having published a mobile application in the Apple App Store in 2015, and Hershel uses that experience to help guide entrepreneurs through their own journeys. He finished his Venture Investing Education through the Executive Education Program at the Wharton School of Business. Likewise, he is a CPA certified by the CA State Board of Accountancy. Hershel has invested in 14 deals this last quarter, 11 of which were through the Y-Combinator W19 batch.
Arabian Prince – Founder / Chief Innovator, Inov8next
A songwriter, rapper, producer, DJ and technologist, Arabian is best known for pioneering west coast electro music and being a founding member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted rap group N.W.A. His passion for technology led to him create a 3D animation and special effects studio in the 90’s working with companies like Saban Entertainment and Fox; including 100+ video game titles for Fox Interactive and Vivendi Universal. As a consultant, Arabian has advised many companies on bridging the gap between technology and the youth, while bringing new product innovations to market.
Anshuman Sinha – CEO Optizm Global, Executive Director of TiE SoCal Angels
He is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor and subject matter expert with 23+ years of experience and leader of high-performing teams in Talent Management, CxO placements, Staffing, Business Operations and launch of new businesses. He has been an advisor to many startups and he invests in technology and innovative startups.
He also helps well-funded startups in building their stellar delivery teams with a broad set of diverse experiences and competencies, in a variety of technology-based companies. Anshuman is an experienced business executive and advisor to a number of early-stage firms.
He is Executive Director of TiE SoCal for 2019 and President-elect for 2020. TiE is a non-profit, global community (18 countries, 61 chapters) welcoming entrepreneurs from all over the world. TiE believes in the power of ideas to change the face of entrepreneurship and growing business through our five pillars: Mentoring, Networking, Education, Incubating and Funding.
Anshuman brings clarity and alignment to the vision and strategy of companies while leading them through a transition. Combines entrepreneurial spirit with operational excellence, a keen focus on execution, and leverages his extensive experience in research and development, high-performing team building, and organizational design. He has held P&L accountability for worldwide operations, established successful offsite development centers in Mumbai & Pune (India). Established & Managed new sales center based in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Implemented International Partner Program in Germany, Ukraine, Singapore, Kuwait, and Kenya
Jeffrey Lin – Director of Oak Sky Capital
Managing his own AUM as well as his family’s, Jeffrey Lin has been investing for the past decade. Focusing on real estate/infrastructure and seed-stage to publicly-listed companies, he invests with a cross border angle (Asia Expansion). Jeffrey Lin started college at the age of 14 and received his JD from the University of Iowa.
Alessandro Marianantoni – Exec. Director and Founder at M Accelerator
Alessandro Marianantoni is Exec. Director and Founder at M Accelerator in Los Angeles, offering programs to serve the Los Angeles Startup ecosystem providing students, early-stage and later-stage founders with skills to grow their startups.
He has designed and developed projects in different spaces: entertainment, engineering, architecture, and healthcare, receiving public and private funding from a number of organizations including UCLA, Google, Siemens, Marriott, Universal Studios, Disney, Amazon, Italian Government and the City of Pasadena.
Alessandro earned a degree in Computer Science from the University of L’Aquila, with a thesis on perceptual interfaces at the USC Integrated Media System Center.
Over the years he has run numerous international programs including summer boot camps and international research initiatives at UCLA and he is now directing M Accelerator and MEDIARS LLC.
John Vitti – Venture Partner at MultiPass Ventures
John Vitti is a Venture Partner at MultiPass Ventures with a focus on investing in startups with companies led by women and underrepresented minorities.
Janice Orlando – Private Investor – Board of Directors, Pasadena Angels
The Pasadena Angels was founded in 2000 and is one of the longest running angel investing groups in Southern California. We have invested over $75 million in 190 plus companies. Pasadena Angels funded companies have gone on to raise over $500 million from additional funding sources such as venture capital and private equity. Recent notable exits for the Pasadena Angels are Mind Body Software (NASDAQ:MB) reaching $1 billion and Bluebeam Software, acquired by Nemetschek for $100 million.
The Pasadena Angels has been consistently ranked as one of the top ten angel investing groups in the country according to Forbes Magazine (2015) and Angel Resource Institute’s HALO report (2017). A nonprofit entity, the Pasadena Angels offers early stage start-ups capital investments; as well as mentoring from the expertise of more than 100 investor members with over 4,000 years of combined business expertise. Our $1.5 million PA Fund 1 was formed in 2016 with the sole purpose of co-investing exclusively in deals subscribed by Pasadena Angels members.
Jon Warner – Mentor, Startup Board Adviser, CEO, Educator and Angel Investor in Healthcare
I work with startup businesses/founders and early-stage company CEO’s/management teams to help them set clear growth oriented goals and to get the best possible outcomes. I serve on several advisory boards and speak regularly about the role of technology and innovation in the 50+ space.
Specialties: My career has included senior roles in marketing, business development, operations, logistics, finance, investment, Human resources and engineering/technology (and having been a founder-CEO of a startup 3 times in the past)
Christian Kameir- Managing Partner at Blockchain Venture Fund Sustany Capital
Christian has been a tech entrepreneur since the dial-up days and his current focus is tokenization strategies and smart-contracts and virtual asset investing. Christian Kameir led the merger of two of the earliest Internet service providers as general counsel for Nikoma, today part of the largest European ISP in 2000. After founding Yelp-predecessor Colizer in 2004, and selling the operation in 2008, Christian joined the board of several high-tech companies. In addition to majoring in business, he is master-certified in NLP and a graduate of Muenster’s School of Law. He is known for publishing one of the first law blogs in Europe and drafting laws for the open telecommunication market, specifically innovative services. Christian is an official member of Forbes Finance Council and seasoned public speaker on topics ranging from high-tech investing to blockchain technologies.
Alexis Bedoret- Co-Founder and Business Prototyper at Make It Group
I spent the last 10 years building startups with expertise in Software, Hardware and the Internet of Things. With my co-founders, we created a Startup Studio to invest in startups. We learned how to be the best builders, not by brainstorming, but by making our hands dirty building our own startups. Too many entrepreneurs focus on their product building great technology before validating that it actually fulfills a need for which the customer is ready to pay. This is a particular topic that I feel passionate about and we have built a great mindset and culture about this particular problem in the life of a startup. It’s all about trying to generate customer traction as fast as possible, we believe that’s the best way to validate a business opportunity.
Many more investors expected to attend!