Speaker/Investor Bios

Hank Barry Partner Sidley and Austin

Hank Barry
Partner
Sidley and Austin

Hank Barry, Partner, Sidley Austin
Practices
: Emerging Companies and Venture Capital, Securities, Technology & IP TransactionsHANK BARRY is co-chair of Sidley’s Emerging Companies and Venture Capital practice group and a founder of the firm’s Palo Alto office. He has advised many prominent technology companies as a lawyer, investor and director, including seven companies in which he was involved from formation through IPO. He has testified twice before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee with respect to technology and intellectual property policy.Prior to joining Sidley, Mr. Barry was a managing director at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners in San Francisco. From April 2000 to May 2002, he served as CEO and a Board member for Napster, Inc.In 2011, he represented Baidu, Inc. in connection with its breakthrough agreement with One-Stop China (a joint venture of Universal Music, Warner Music, and Sony Music) for the distribution of digital music in China. In 2013 Mr. Barry represented Society6 LLC in its acquisition by Demand Media, Inc. Mr. Barry currently represents Amazon.com Inc. and other companies in digital media matters.He is recognized in the 2012, 2013 and 2014 editions of The Best Lawyers in America.

Benny Buller

Benny Buller
Khosla Ventures

Benny Buller, Khosla Ventures
Benny started his career in Israel in the Technology unit of the intelligence forces.  While there he learned to appreciate the values of imaginative innovation, precise execution, team work, diversity of opinions and that there is no impossible mission to the ones who dare. For his unique contributions, he was awarded by the president, the prestigious national security award.Benny then joined Applied Materials, where he led the work on semiconductor wafer inspection platform and later on electron beam mask writing system, becoming aware to the new growth opportunities in Solar, he decided to leave Applied Materials and join his first start-up, Solyndra.Joining Solyndra as VP of back end technology and engineering in its earliest stage he defined the company’s product by a series of inventions that became the company’s core IP. He hired an excellent team and led it from early concept through product demonstration, manufacturing process development, equipment design and early scale up. However, as the cost model was firming up, he became convinced, four years before the company’s collapse that the company’s cost structure is fundamentally inferior to First Solar, the cost leader of the industryImpressed by First Solar’s cost advantage and its momentum he joined First Solar as director of device physics and built this team. He pushed it from support of incremental improvements to more radical device research and innovation, resulting in crushing of the CdTe cell and module efficiency world records. . After being promoted to VP Module integration, heading all the technology development for the CdTe PV module, he reorganized the development department and realigned its processes, methods and interactions with the manufacturing organization that resulted in doubling the module efficiency improvement rate.Benny graduated from the Jerusalem University in Physics. He is also an Electrical Engineering (communications) graduate from the Technion in Israel. He has more than 70 published patent applications as well as more than 15 granted patents.

Manny Fernandez

Manny Fernandez
Angel Investor, early-stage Venture Investor and Serial Entrepreneur

Manny Fernandez
Angel Investor, early-stage Venture Investor and Serial Entrepreneur

Fernandez is an active angel investor and a Partner of SF Angels Group

Fernandez has been successful in investing in his own ideas, then taking companies from start-up status to exit. His success, investing experience and leadership are invaluable in his role as an angel investor/ early-stage VC and serial entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. Fernandez attended Stanford University.

Tracey Grose, Vice President, Bay Area Council Economic Institute
BACEI
is a public-private partnership of largest business, labor, government and high education organizations in SF Bay area. . She directs research and manages the Institute’s operations. Prior to joining the Economic Institute, she has served as research director at research and consulting groups in the Bay Area including Institute for the Future and Collaborative Economics. Tracey leads the Institute’s researches on European and North California economic and technological relations. In international work, Tracey has supported efforts developing regional innovation strategies in multiple regions of France, Sweden and Germany. Tracey has a Masters degree in Political Science with minors in Economics and Sociology from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University in Frankfurt, Germany. Tracey is fluent in German and conversational in French. She currently serves as the Co-Chair for the Cleantech Industry Group of the German American
Business Association.

Peter Jarich Current Analysis VP Consumer and Infrastructure

Peter Jarich
Current Analysis
VP Consumer and Infrastructure

Peter N. Jarich, VP of Consumer and Infrastructure, Current Analysis
Peter Jarich manages the firm’s syndicated research into the network equipment and software solutions deployed at telecom network operators along with the consumer services and connected devices riding on those networks. This role sees Peter directing the company’s analysts looking into wireline network infrastructure and services, mobile networks and services, and the competitive environment surrounding tablets and smartphones, including Current Analysis’ regular tracking of service and device pricing and marketing dynamics. At the same time, as head of the company’s Mobile Ecosystem service, Peter drives collaboration between Current Analysis’ diverse wireless research assets, focused on topics ranging from device silicon, to global spectrum developments, to application development, the evolution of the LTE ecosystem, etc.
Dirk Lammerts Managing Director, Digital Health

Dr. Dirk Lammerts
Managing Director, Digital Health
Burrill & Company

 

Dr. Dirk Lammerts, Managing Director, Digital Health, Burrill & Company
Dr. Lammerts joined Burrill & Company in 2011 to lead the firm’s digital health investments. Throughout his career, Dr. Lammerts has been driving technology convergence through innovative use of computer technologies and online, mobile, and interactive media in medicine, based on the premise that these technologies are providing a platform to fundamentally improve access to and quality of healthcare worldwide. Dr. Lammerts serves on the boards of AliveCor and BetterDoctor.Dr. Lammerts has more than 20 years of professional experience in healthcare, life sciences, and high-tech industries. He has a combined medical and computer science background. He holds an M.D. from Duesseldorf University Medical School and trained in Neurology at the University of Cologne Medical Center. He also received Board certification in Medical Computer Science by the German Medical Association. Early in his career, Dr. Lammerts developed computer-based training programs for neurological patients suffering from memory and cognitive deficits. 
He worked as a senior engagement manager for McKinsey & Company advising clients across a broad spectrum of industries in the U.S., Europe, and Asia-Pacific. He has also held positions as Vice President Molecular Diagnostics at Affymetrix and as Vice President Marketing and Corporate Development at XDx, building businesses in molecular diagnostics and personalized medicine.

Mike Macadaan Partner/CCO Science

Mike Macadaan
Partner/CCO
Science

Mike Macadaan, Partner / CCO, Science
Mike is a user experience professional, advisor and entrepreneur. With a background in interaction design, visual design and product development, Mike has developed and improved products for over 14 years. His experience in creating multidisciplinary strategies and tactics to solve research, design, and differentiation problems has repeatedly lead to positive results.Most recently Mike was the VP of User Experience and Design for Myspace. In this role, Mike was at the forefront of developing contextually appropriate methods towards attracting and developing top talent, user research, interface standards and improving the product experience. This served as the foundation for moving the offering from the legacy social network to a social entertainment destination.The majority of Mike’s 12 years of leading companies in the area of User Experience has been in and around Silicon Valley for companies such as Aol, Intuit, TechTV and numerous startups. While he has a global presence in the greater Product Design community, his home and heart is in Los Angeles. He is actively involved with the local startup community as the founder of Twiistup which he sold in 2009 but continues to thrive in LA.

Ravi Mulugu Investment Associate Siemens Venture Capital

Ravi Mulugu
Investment Associate
Siemens Venture Capital

Ravi Mulugu, Investment Associate, Siemens Venture Capital
Ravi is a Investment Associate at Siemens Venture Capital based in Palo Alto, California. He specializes in venture and growth capital investments related to the Siemens Infrastructure & Cities Sector which includes Smart Grid, Building Technologies, Low & Medium Voltage, Mobility, and Rail Systems.Ravi’s professional experience includes working in both the solar and wind energy industries in various technical and managerial roles. Prior to joining SVC in May 2012, Ravi worked at SunPower Corp. as a Product manager responsible for utility scale solar inverters and plant control software. Ravi holds a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
John Occhipanti, Partner, Relay VenturesJohn is a Partner at Relay Ventures, an early stage venture fund exclusively focused on mobile software. John has over 20 years of experience in enterprise software technology, marketing, and sales. Previously he was Managing Director of Woodside Fund where he focused on ventures in cloud computing, online advertising technology and software. John presently sits on the boards of Appcelerator, PubNub, Rally, and advises Graffiti Labs.Prior to joining Woodside Fund, John was an early executive at Netscape Communications. Initially, John led a team that drove the company’s first significant revenues, helping launch Netscape through its initial public offering. Later, John ran Netscape’s Electronic Software Distribution and Strategic Channel groups. During his tenure at Netscape, John worked closely with hundreds of early stage entrepreneurs helping build web-based e-commerce and enterprise software applications. Prior to Netscape, John worked at Oracle Corporation, marketing and selling large-scale enterprise database technologies.John has an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, Walter A. Haas School of Business, and a BA from the University of California Berkeley. He currently serves on the Board of Directors at Trinity School. John is based in our Menlo Park, CA office.

Alex Niehenke Principal Scale Venture Partners

Alex Niehenke
Principal
Scale Venture Partners

Alex Niehenke, Principal, Scale Venture Partners
Alex focuses on investments across ScaleVP’s technology portfolio – including SaaS , Cloud, Consumer Internet and Mobile.Prior to joining ScaleVP in 2012, Alex was at Crosslink Capital where he was involved in the investments in Bleacher Report (acquired by Turner Broadcasting), Marin Software, and Flurry, amongst others. Prior to joining Crosslink, Alex was an associate at investment bank Montgomery & Co. providing advisory services to Internet and software clients. His transaction experience includes the sale of Club Penguin to Disney, the sale of MySpace to Fox, and the recapitalization of LegalZoom.Alex holds a B.S in Business Administration and a B.A in Legal Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

Salil Pradhan Partner Draper Nexus

Salil Pradhan
Venture Partner
Draper Nexus

Salil Pradhan, Venture Partner, Draper Nexus
Salil is a Venture Partner with Draper Nexus, an advisor to a number of private & public companies and has served on a number of academic boards including UCLA’s WINMEC and UCSD’s center for wireless communications. In his previous life, Salil was the founder and Chief Technology Officer for HP’s Enterprise RFID efforts, focused on retail and healthcare. A recognized thought leader, Salil is the founder of two startups and has been issued 43 US patents. Salil has a Masters in Computer Science from Northeastern University and Bachelors in Engineering from the University of Poona.

Vignesh Ravikumar Analyst Sierra Ventures

Vignesh Ravikumar
Analyst
Sierra Ventures

Vignesh Ravikumar, Analyst, Sierra Ventures
Vignesh joined Sierra in 2013 after the completion of an internship at AGC Partners, a Boston-based investment bank. Prior to that, he graduated from UC San Diego in August 2012. During his time there, Vignesh was involved in a number of organizations including the Undergraduate Investment Society and the UCSD Student Foundation Endowment Fund. He also participated in academic competitions such as the CFA Research Challenge. Outside of UCSD, Vignesh completed internships at Wipro Technologies, a large, publicly traded IT firm and at Kotak Mahindra, one of the largest private banks in India. Vignesh holds a B.S. in Management Science (cum laude) and a Minor in Math.

Bill Reichert Managing Director Garage Ventures

Bill Reichert
Managing Director
Garage Ventures

Bill Reichert, Managing Director, Garage Ventures
Bill Reichert has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and operating executive. Since joining Garage in 1998, Bill has focused on early-stage information technology and materials science companies. He has been a board director or board observer at CaseStack, WhiteHat Security, ClearFuels Technology, Simply Hired, MiaSole, D.light Design, ThermoCeramix, and VisaNow, among others. Prior to Garage, Bill was a co-founder or senior executive in several venture-backed technology startups, including Trademark Software, The Learning Company, and Academic Systems. Earlier in his career, he worked at McKinsey & Company, Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., and the World Bank. Bill earned a B.A. at Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. He was a founding board member and a Chairman of the Churchill Club, and a Board Member of the Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs. Currently he is the Chairman of the Small Fund Roundtable of the VC Taskforce and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

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Akhil Saklecha
Artiman
Partner

Akhil Saklecha, Partner, Artiman 
Akhil Saklecha focuses on early stage investments with an interest towards medical technology.  As a Partner at Artiman, he has led investments in DMS Networks, Cellmax and Home Union.Akhil has over 15 years of experience in medicine and healthcare management. Prior to joining Artiman in 2010, Akhil was Medical Director of a 750 bed hospital’s regional transfer program. Prior to that position, he was President and CEO of Canton Aultman Emergency Physicians, a professional services firm that provides physicians, mid-level providers, and coding expertise to multiple hospitals and urgent care centers. He was also Chairman of Emergency Medicine at Aultman Hospital, a large trauma, cardiac, and stroke center seeing nearly 90,000 patients annually. In this same time period, Akhil has served at the local, state, and national levels within emergency medicine, healthcare quality, information technology, managed care, and emergency medical services.He is an Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and continues to practice on a part time basis at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose where he remains connected to clinical medicine, patients, and physicians.Akhil graduated from the combined B.S./M.D. program at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Summa Health System. He is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Medicine. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
Peter Spielvogel, Senior Director of Marketing, SAP
He works with SAP customers to explore disruptive technologies, business models, and market opportunities across cloud computing, mobility, big data, and user experience, and productize these ideas. Peter brings more than 20 years of experience in marketing, product management, sales, and software development to this role.Previously, at HP, he led global product marketing for the Operations Center (OpenView) product line. Prior to that, he held executive-level marketing roles at several high-tech startup companies. He recently wrote a book on how to use social media for business to business marketing. (www.b2bsocialmediamarketingbook.com) Peter’s education includes an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and a BS in Engineering from Princeton University.

Zahava Stroud
Founder
Angel Launch and
iHollywood Forum
Event Producer

Zahava Stroud, Founder, Angel Launch
President, iHollywood Forum
Conference Producer
Zahava Stroud is the President and co-founder of iHollywood Forum and Angel Launch. For 25 years she was based in Los Angeles, but moved to to the SF Bay area in summer 2013.  iHollywood Forum and Angel Launch are leading producers of business summits for Hollywood executives, investors and entrepreneurs involved in digital entertainment, media, telecom, mobile, and emerging technologies.   Founded 11 years ago, she has produced over 500 events consisting of summits, seminars, conferences, mixers, tradeshows and workshops in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and New York. Their database contains thousands of executives from entertainment, digital media, technology, investing, software, hardware, telecom, and mobile sectors.In 2010, she created a new brand, Angel Launch, to produce events for entrepreneurs and investors not related to entertainment; and produce investment forums to connect entrepreneurs to angel investors and VCs.  Angel Launch holds events in LA and the Bay area. These other sectors include: technology, consumer products, retail, web services and apps, mobile, green tech, clean tech, enterprise, software and hardware.  We have a past attendee list of over 15,000 execs, startups and investors that have attend our events.  Zahava attended UCLA and UC Berkeley with a BA in Sociology, and a JD from UC Davis. She is a member of the California bar and practiced law as a trial attorney for 18 years in Los Angeles before founding iHollywood Forum and Angel Launch.  She has two kids in college (who hopefully will support her some day by becoming successful entrepreneurs), a son who is a  senior at Cal Engineering and a daughter who is freshman at Johns Hopkins Engineering.

Jean-Baptiste Su, Technology Writer, Forbes

Jean-Baptiste Su, Technology Writer, Forbes

Jean-Baptiste Su, Technology Writer, ForbesJean-Baptiste is a 20-years media veteran who writes Forbes’ TechPulse 360 column, covering the latest trends in technology innovation and business investing. He’s also the co-founder of BayLive, Silicon Valley’s authority for news and trends in business, technology and lifestyle with former technology reporter Eddie Leblanc, CEO of Oxygen PR. Jean-Baptiste began his career in technology and business journalism at IDG Communications (PC World, ComputerWorld), before joining Groupe Tests (01Net, 01Business…) in Paris, France. Later, he spent 5-years as the Silicon Valley correspondent of France’s financial daily newspaper La Tribune, before joining the French business magazine L’Expansion. When Jean-Baptiste is not chronicling the shakers and movers of Silicon Valley, he enjoys family time with his wife and three boys, swimming, biking and preparing gourmet meals!
Charles Tan, Managing Partner, Lumeira Holdings
Lumeira is a holding company invested in diversified assets, ranging from private equity to international real estate. Portfolio companies include high tech platforms (software, hardware, systems), mobile, SaaS/PaaS/IaaS.

Robert Tillman

Robert Tillman
CEO
RRT Partners

Robert Tillman, Founder, President and CEO, Board Member, RRT PARTNERS, LLCOperate as a mergers and acquisitions, turnaround, startup business and intellectual property marketing consultant when not employed full time in an operating role. Have restructured/terminated 39 real estate leases totaling more than 1,658,000 square feet of space and $190 million in liability. Five clients were publicly held companies. Have also restructured/ terminated various equipment leases, sub-debt and accounts payable obligations totaling some $35 million. Completed major turnaround projects for Totality Corporation and Calix Networks.Negotiated the following merger and acquisition transactions:•$6 million sale of Radiant Medical Corporation to ZOLL Medical in 2007.•$35 million sale of Innovative Technologies to Agilent in 2006.•$12 million purchase of minority position in MyFamily.com in 2003.•Purchase of senior secured debt of VM Labs in 2001 by investor group, which resulted in a $7.5 million profit in early 2002 in bankruptcy auction of VM Labs.•$300 million purchase of Sage, Inc. by Genesis Microchip in 2002.•$43 million sale of RootsWeb.com to MyFamily.com in 2000.•$100 million sale of Paradise Electronics, Inc. to Genesis Microchip Corporation in 1999.•$50 million equity financing for EarthWatch, Inc. in 1999.•$12 million sale of TikSoft LLC to Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products, N.V. in 1998.•$30 million sale of C&S Hybrid to Remec, Inc. in 1997.•$100 million sale of Acumos, Inc. to Cirrus Logic, Inc. in 1991.•$10 million SuperMac purchase from Scientific Micro Systems in 1988.•$80 million sale of Paradise Systems, Inc. to Western Digital Corporation in 1986.Apart from these deals, I have closed some half dozen others of $5 million value each or less.

Randy Williams Founder/CEO Keiretsu Forum

Randy Williams
Founder/CEO
Keiretsu Forum

Randy Williams, Founder, Keiretsu Forum

Randy Williams is Founder of Keiretsu Forum, a global angel investor network with 1,100 accredited investor members throughout 27 chapters in 3 continents. Randy will share lessons he has learned after listening to over 10,000 entrepreneur. Randy Williams founded Keiretsu Forum in September 2000 to provide a disciplined and structured approach to angel investing. Mr. Williams’s passion for investing and bringing together like-minded community leaders has created a powerful and giving environment for entrepreneurs. With over 1,100 angel investor members throughout 27 chapters on 3 continents Keiretsu Forum is the largest angel investment community in the World.

Mr. Williams is also the founder of the Keiretsu Forum Charitable Foundation. Since its inception in 2001, 114 deserving charities have been granted sizable donations. The goal of the Keiretsu Forum Charitable Foundation is to grant $250,000 annually, to worthy local charities throughout the Keiretsu Forum regional chapters.

Mr. Williams has 30 years of experience in finance, real estate, and marketing including in various alternative asset classes. Mr. Williams was co-founder and Director of Diablo Valley Bank. Mr. Williams was President of Pacific Union Commercial Brokerage, founder of the LaMorinda Bank, and Managing Director of Kennedy-Wilson International, an international real estate investment company.

Mr. Williams is a frequent guest speaker at investment conferences, leading universities, and business schools on alternative asset investment and entrepreneurialism. Mr. Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California Berkeley and a Masters degree from St. Mary’s College of California.

Associate Fung Capital

Janie Yu
Associate
Fung Capital

Janie Yu, Venture Capitalist, Fung Capital USA
Janie invests for Fung Capital, the strategic investment arm of the Fung family in Hong Kong which separately controls Li & Fung, a public company that sources, distributes and retails consumer products globally with over $20B in revenues and 35,000 employees in over 40 countries.Fung Capital invests in B2B technology companies that enable omni-channel retailing and supply chain efficiency. Janie focuses on sourcing deals, conducting due diligence on prospective investments, and supporting portfolio companies in sales and marketing areas.Prior to joining Fung Capital, she was with Burt’s Bees, leading go-to-market strategies for global expansion. Before starting her business career, she was a journalist for BBC and PRI’s “The World”, conducting in-depth research and reporting on China. Janie obtained her M.A. degree from Harvard University, where she received the prestigious Fung Fellowship, sponsored by the Victor and William Fung Foundation.

Tim Young General Partner Eniac Ventures

Tim Young
General Partner
Eniac Ventures

Tim Young, General Partner, Eniac Ventures
Tim Young is a Founding General Partner at Eniac Ventures with two startup exits as an entrepreneur and over 13 years of experience working with early stage ventures as a venture capitalist, operator, and venture/IP attorney.While at Metropolitan Venture Partners (MVP), Tim joined MVP portfolio company Quoteship.com and helped engineer an exit to Logistics.com (an Internet Capital Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ICGE) venture). Tim founded Bridge Consulting, based in Beijing, China, which offered language software to Fortune 500 corporations, which Tim led to a successful exit. While at Morrison & Foerster, Tim counseled a variety of early stage companies and venture funds in deal structuring, intellectual property, and licensing/commercial transactions. As the Director of Business Development for Korean Business Consultants, he led a deal to bring the first internet connection to hospitals and universities in Pyongyang, North Korea. Tim began his career as a software engineer at both Exxon Research & Engineering and Mobil Technology Company.Tim received his BSE in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, where he received an award for cancer research from Bristol-Myers Squibb. He received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2006. Tim is a member of the State Bar of California, District of Columbia, and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.