Co-Founder, SF Angels Group & Dream Funded
CEO/Co-Founder DreamFunded.com. This unique company, crowdfunds startups, by building an online marketplace that allows accredited investors to become equity holders in DreamFunded-managed angel funds. The startups selected for DreamFunded are the top stars of all the start up companies in the bay area and beyond, all funded and working on new innovative ideas and generating value to DreamFunded and society as these innovative companies solve the world’s problem and build economic growth for society.
Managing Partner, Angel Plus
Consultant to entrepreneur start-ups (to present and/or to pass due diligence) and to investors (to critique prospective investments). Guest speaker and panelist on multitude of subject matters in areas of expertise (entrepreneurship, start-ups, angel investing, due diligence, business strategy, operations, etc.). Business strategist by profession with focus on profitability via improved integration of business functions to enable an acquisition or liquidation event. Can perform top/down assessment of companies to probe for weaknesses with solutions to mitigate. Extensive executive-level experience driving increased efficiency and performance throughout organization (simple to complex). Proven talent for creating strategies and defining goals and objectives (G&O) in support of those strategies and assuring they are met within prescribed deadlines. Turnaround expert (i.e., from deficit to sustainability). Strong track record of achievements and in building relationships with executive peers, users, business partners, employees, and external partners (e.g., governmental entities & community representatives). Exceptional macro-thinking tying business objectives to overarching mission and vision. Ability to maximize limited resources and in creating revenue to meet business demands. See below under "Specialties" for additional areas of knowledge and expertise.
CEO, Ovalpath Inc.
Serial entrepreneur with experience in taking concepts and ideas to market. Successful track record in growing companies, fund raising, mergers and acquisitions. Strong skills in building highly productive and motivated teams and overall business strategy.
Silicon Valley Director & Kauffman Fellow, Founder Institute
Marcos is the Silicon Valley Director of the Founder Institute and is serving as a Kauffman Fellow under the mentorship of Adeo Ressi at Expansive Ventures, a network based, early-stage venture capital fund that leverages the collective intelligence of the Founder Institute to make investments worldwide. He started his career in Silicon Valley performing database research at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories that resulted in the TimesTen technology later acquired by Oracle. Mr. Polanco went on to various technical & managerial roles at Silicon Valley startups before co-founding Imana, Inc. in 1995 to commercialize social search algorithms he co-invented and patented. Returning to his hometown, he led the establishment of an undergraduate software laboratory at Interamerican University in Puerto Rico which released the open source SNAP Platform for Java developers. Subsequently, he joined the Government of Puerto Rico as Founding Director of its information technology investment promotion division. In that role, Mr. Polanco negotiated the launch of Microsoft, Honeywell Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, and HCL Axon technology centers on the island. Returning to private industry, he has cultivated the startup community as co-organizer of Startup Weekends, and co-director of the Founder Institute. Mr. Polanco holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Systems Engineering from Stanford University.
I'm a seed stage enterprise & consumer investor. I have sourced and led 45 investments on behalf of Draper Associates. I have worked on more than 160 transactions, served in a board capacity for 21 portfolio companies, and experienced almost every possible company outcome short of an IPO. I've been fortunate to work with great teams of people starting companies in markets of $10's, preferably $100's, of billions who have massive change-the-world businesses.
As an angel investor, Suzanne focuses her investments on positive social impact companies, with a particular interest in the fair fashion industry. Suzanne also writes about women’s startup culture, investigating the possibilities for disruption now that there are more women investors available to support previously under-funded high-impact women entrepreneurs. Previously, as Director at the Anita Borg Institute, Suzanne supported the TechWomen program, bringing technical women leaders and entrepreneurs from the Middle East and North Africa to the United States for partnerships with Silicon Valley women. Suzanne spent ten years as a software engineer at Apple Computer. She has also been a midwife’s assistant and a doula, and has held Chapter Leader positions for the International Cesarean Awareness Network and the National Organization for Women. Suzanne has a BA in Computer Science from Brown University. Suzanne is proud mom to Emily, 18, and Ian, 11.
Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
James Huie is a corporate and securities associate in Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's Palo Alto office. James advises companies on general corporate matters, including formation and operation, corporate governance, early- and later-stage venture capital financings, debt financings, and public offerings. He also advises companies on transaction matters and has worked on a number of mergers and acquisition transactions. Additionally, James has experience representing a number of venture capital firms in venture capital financings.
Partner, Manos Accelerator
Manos Accelerator Partner. On a mission to change the fact that less than 1% of VC-backed companies in the US has a Latino entrepreneur on the founding team.