Category: Investors, Advisors & Speakers (Page 1 of 8)

David S. Levin, Seasoned Investor

Mr. Levin is a seasoned dealmaker located in New York City. He was a co-founder and managing partner at investment group, New Bridge Partners, LLC and its affiliated companies and has enjoyed over 35 years in the investment banking and financial services business.

At New Bridge, Mr. Levin worked to originate and structure transactions for the company in a wide variety of sectors including renewable energy, consumer/retail, healthcare and manufacturing among others. An experienced leader with broad strategic vision, business development and investment experience in the U.S. and South Africa among other markets, he was responsible for guiding New Bridge’s strategic direction and positioning it for future growth.

Driving new transactions for the company, he used the development of strategic partnerships with other financial institutions to establish footholds in developing economies throughout Africa and parts of Europe such as Greece and Romania, giving New Bridge a local presence in these countries. Mr. Levin also co-managed the company’s equity research arm providing emerging markets insight to hedge funds in both Europe and the U.S. Read More...

Sumeet Jain, Director at Intel Capital

Sumeet Jain is an Investment Director at Intel Capital. He joined the firm in 2013. At the Intel Capital, Mr. Jain focuses on the consumer Internet, mobile enabled consumer services and products, and virally distributed software investments. He serves as an Observer of Pixazza and Blekko. He was a Board Observer of Luminate and LiveOps.

He served as a Partner and Principal, Information Technology at CMEA Capital. At CMEA, he was involved in disruptive technology companies including software, consumer Internet and digital media investments and invested in companies such as AWR, Blekko, Intermolecular, Pixazza, and Schooner. He joined CMEA Capital in 2008 as a Senior Associate in its Technology group and focuses on software, consumer Internet and digital media investments. Read More...

Semil Shah, Angel & Entrepreneur

Semil Shah is currently working on several projects: (1) product marketing and distribution for Swell; (2) venture capital and investing in Developer Auction, Paddle8, Instacart, Hashicorp, Exitround, HelloFax/HelloSign; (3) a long-time columnist for TechCrunch; and (4) Haywire Media.  

Previously, he spent six months in 2012 as an EIR with Javelin Venture Partners, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm investing in software startups for consumers and the enterprise, as well as in cloud technologies and infrastructure. Prior to this, he held operational roles at Votizen and Rexly (acquired by Live Nation).

Seth Goldstein, Angel & Entrepreneur

Co-Founder & CEO, DJZ
Co-Founder, Majestic Research
Entrepreneur in Residence, Flatiron Partners
Co-Founder & CEO, SiteSpecific
Independent Director, Valassis (NYSE: VCI)

Active angel investor and mentor to young entrepreneurs.

Charles Hudson, Partner with SoftTech VC

Charles Hudson is a Partner with SoftTech VC, one of the most active seed stage investors in Web 2.0 startups. He is focusing on mobile and gaming investments, and supporting SoftTech portfolio companies on business/corporate development matters. He was also the Co-Founder and CEO of Bionic Panda Games, a mobile games startup based in San Francisco, CA.

Prior to joining SoftTech VC and co-founding Bionic Panda Games, Charles Hudson was the VP of Business Development for Serious Business until the company was acquired by Zynga in February 2010. Prior to Serious Business, he was the Sr. Director for Business Development at Gaia Interactive, an online hangout and virtual world for teens. Prior to Gaia, Charles worked in New Business Development at Google and focused on new partnership opportunities for early-stage products in the advertising, mobile, and e-commerce markets. Read More...

Ramneek Gupta, Managing Director of Citi Ventures

Ramneek Gupta is the Managing Director of Citi Ventures. His focus is primarily on identifying opportunities and investment themes in an increasingly connected world and partnering with leading entrepreneurs as they change the way we interact, consume, purchase and otherwise engage with people, content and businesses around us.

Ramneek brings over a decade of investing and startup experience to the Citi Ventures team. Prior to joining Citi, he was a Partner at Battery Ventures where he helped develop the Online to Offline (O2O) Commerce theme and worked closely with portfolio companies including Groupon. While at Battery, Ramneek also led the India investment efforts for the firm and helped build out an investment team and portfolio in India. He started his professional career as a design engineer at PMC Sierra and also worked on the hardware design team at TiVo. Read More...

Bob Ackerman, Managing Director, Allegis Capital

Bob Ackerman is the Managing Director & Founder, Allegis Capital. He currently sits on the Boards of Apprion, DriverSide, Purewave and Shape Security. Prior investments include LGC Wireless, IronPort Systems (CSCO), iBeam Broadcasting (NASDAQ), Comparnet (MSFT), StepUp Commerce (INTU) and Classroom Connect (ENL).

Mr. Ackerman uses his more than fifteen years of general management, venture capital and strategic mergers and acquisition advisory experience to support the firm’s technology start-up companies. Prior to Allegis Capital, his operating experience includes, CEO of UniSoft Systems (a world leading UNIX systems house operating in the U.S., Europe and Asia) and a founder and Chairman of InfoGear Technology Corporation (the first internet appliance company; acquired by CISCO in 2000). Read More...

Dong-Su Kim, Ph.D., Director of Investment at Samsung Ventures America

Dong-Su Kim, Ph.D. is a Director of Investment at Samsung Ventures America. He covers semiconductors, displays, renewable energy and “emerging” businesses, which includes healthcare and biotech.

He has over thirteen years of investment, strategy, planning, and technology experience. Prior to joining Samsung Ventures, he was a director of Asia Evolution, an investment bank in Korea covering mid-market financing, private placement, and M&As. Before joining Asia Evolution he was a Senior Manager at Technology Strategy Office in Samsung Electronics. As the CTO’s staff, he was responsible for strategic venture investments and technology alliance. He also worked in technology planning for Samsung’s Telecom R&D center, responsible for discovering new research topics. Read More...

Una Ryan, Managing Director Golden Seeds

Dr. Una Ryan is Managing Director Golden Seeds (Silicon Valley), an angel investing group focused on women-led companies. She is also a member of Astia Angel, investing in women-led ventures while targeting above-market investment returns.

She recently joined The Angels’ Forum, a group of 25 high net worth individuals, all of whom have been CEOs, founders of successful entrepreneurial ventures and who are now dedicated to investing in, mentoring and advising Silicon Valley Start ups. She was previously President and CEO of Diagnostics For All (DFA), a non-profit organization developing inexpensive diagnostics for global health and agriculture. Read More...

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