Investors, Advisors & Speakers

Jay Eum, Managing Director of TransLink Capital

Jay Eum

Jay Eum

Jay Eum is a Co-founder and Managing Director of TransLink Capital. Jay is responsible for TransLink’s investments in Carbonite (NASDAQ: CARB), Chartboost, Enterprise DB, Livescribe, SoundHound, Quixey and YuMe.

Jay is also responsible for supporting TransLink’s portfolio companies with their customers and partners primarily in Korea. Most recently, Jay was the head of Samsung Ventures America.

John Giddings, The Silicon Valley Angels

John GiddingsFounders Space Speaker & Advisor

John Giddings is the co-founder of The Silicon Valley Angels (now Tech Angel Group), which focuses on high tech seed stage opportunities and Clean Tech issues.

He also is Principal of Clean Tech Integration, a consulting practice specializing in technology, business plan and funding services for clean tech start-ups, due diligence projects for venture capitalists, and analysis on the clean tech industry for Wall Street. John recently joined the adjunct Faculty of Santa Clara University’s Graduate School of Engineering as a professor of entrepreneurship.

Inessa Obenhuber, Angel Investors & Business Expert

Inessa Obenhuber is an active Angel Investor and International investment capital professional. She is a Partner of Seraph Group, a growing global investment angel boutique fund. She also co-founded Kiventures, a company that assists U.S. and Russian companies with establishing operations and outsourcing of technology development of products in emerging markets.

Inessa Obenhuber has personally shepherded several promising ventures into the next phases of development, including PC Magazine in Russian language, AlwaysOnVacation, CFT and other startup companies, she invested in more than 23 of them. Noted for her technology inventions as well, Ms. Obenhuber has contributed to four U.S. patents over the course of her career.

Adam Levin, Crosslink Capital

Adam Levin joined Crosslink in 2012 and evaluates investment opportunities in Consumer Internet and E-Commerce. Prior to joining Crosslink, Adam was part of Meebo Inc.’s business development team primarily growing product adoption among premium media companies as well as large game and video sites.

Adam began his career at Goldman, Sachs & Co. as an Analyst in Investment Banking focused on Industrials and Business Services. He received his BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA, Management, from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Vish Mishra of Clearstone Ventures

Vish Mishra

Vish Mishra

Vish Mishra joined Clearstone in March 2002 with over 30 years of leadership and management experience in the high tech industry including software, Internet, networking and telecommunications. He is a founder and served as a board member of Telera, a cutting edge voice web infrastructure company which was sold to Alcatel for $140 million in 2002.

Chris Gottschalk of Blumberg Capital

Chris Gottschalk has over 8 years of experience as an investor, entrepreneur, operational executive and investment banker within the technology space. Prior to Blumberg, Chris worked at Menlo Ventures where he pursued investment opportunities in mobile, internet, gaming, software, and e-commerce.

Before joining Menlo Ventures, Chris served as the Director of Corporate Development & Analytics at PlayPhone. In this role he was responsible for M&A sourcing and execution, strategic partnerships, and improving operational metrics. Chris also worked as an investment banking analyst in the TMT group at Cowen and Company where he completed a number of M&A and equity transactions in the digital media and communications equipment sectors.

Deepak Jeevankumar of General Catalyst Partners

Deepak Javeenkumar focuses on disruptive investments in cloud computing, databases, data center infrastructure and clean energy. He is based in our Palo Alto office. Prior to joining GC, Deepak worked at Sun Microsystems and was an intern at the Yale Investments Office.

At Sun, he was deeply involved in designing some of the top 10 supercomputers in the industry and led the high performance computing practice in the Asia-Pacific region.

Leif Langensand of Angels Forum

Leif Langensand is the Administrative Partner for The Halo Fund III Management Company and CFO for The Angels Forum Management Company. He has over twenty years experience in financial services and process improvement consulting.

Prior to joining The Angels’ Forum Management Company, Leif held numerous finance positions at Charles Schwab, including CFO for Charles Schwabs International division. Leif has also worked at Price Waterhouse (PriceWaterhouseCoopers) where he was a consultant specializing in profitability measurement and improvement for Financial Services firms.

Tom Furlong of Granite Ventures

Tom Furlong

Tom Furlong

Tom Furlong joined Granite Ventures in July 2000, after a successful career in Silicon Valley that most recently saw him as Vice President and General Counsel at Zhone Technologies, a communications equipment provider.

Prior to Zhone, Tom was a partner with the leading emerging growth company law firm of Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich, where he spent 13 years counseling technology companies, venture capitalists and investment banks. His clients included Adobe, Applied Signal, Ascend Communications, Datapath, Network General, Silicon Spice, SynOptics, Vantive, and Visigenic. While at Gray Cary, Tom was also a manager of their investment partnerships and sponsored several profitable investments.

Carl Showalter of Opus Capital

Carl Showalter

Carl Showalter

Carl Showalter brings more than 12 years of executive experience to Opus from innovative and market-making technology companies such as Juniper Networks and UUNET. Carl’s current areas of interest include the Internet of Things, network virtualization, next generation wireless, and data center/cloud infrastructure software.

Peter Gardner of Wavepoint Ventures

Peter Gardner

Peter Gardner

Peter Gardner brings 17 years of professional venture investing to Wavepoint Ventures and has extensive experience raising capital, managing investment portfolios, structuring financings, and building management teams. He has served on the boards of more than a dozen early-stage, venture-backed technology companies.

Susan Preston of CalCEF Clean Energy Angel Fund

Susan Preston

Susan Preston

Susan Preston, General Partner at CalCEF Clean Energy Angel Fund, has spent most of her career in senior management positions in public and private companies, from general counsel to CEO. She has also been a partner in two national law firms and is a patent attorney.

Bruce Schechter of Band of Angels

Bruce Schechter

Bruce Schechter

Bruce Schechter is a member of the Band of Angels, and is an advisor to several technology startups. In particular, he enjoys mentoring early-stage founders on business strategy, go-to-market strategy, and fund raising.

Pete Sinclair of Leapfrog Ventures

Pete Sinclair

Pete Sinclair

Pete Sinclair’s background includes over 20 years of senior operating experience in high tech companies and more than 10 years in venture capital. He has been a serial CEO, successfully selling companies to Microsoft, Novell, and Adobe Systems, and has participated in two IPOs. He started his career with Hewlett-Packard and joined Apple Computer when it was still a small private company.

Todd Kimmel of Mayfield Fund

Todd Kimmel

Todd Kimmel

Todd Kimmel is an experienced entrepreneur and investor in the cleantech sector. Todd joined Mayfield Fund from Advanced Technology Ventures, a bi-coastal venture capital firm, where he led cleantech investing in its West Coast office.

Todd was also the co-founder and president of Coskata, a leading next-generation bio-fuels company, where he helped drive key product development, technology and financing milestones. Prior to venture capital, Todd was a co-founder and senior vice president at Innovance, a Canadian-based developer of optical networking solutions for telecommunications service providers and worked in investment banking with Wasserstein Perella & Co., Inc. in New York. Todd holds a BA from Amherst College and was a history major.

Carol Sands of The Angels’ Forum

Carol Sands

Carol Sands

Carol Sands is the Founder and the Managing Member of The Angels’ Forum and The Halo Funds. Carol’s career started as a bank officer with First Bank Systems. She has also held marketing or sales positions with Motorola and Xerox Computer Services and executive positions at Arthur Young (now Ernst & Young) and Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers).

Ryan Spoon of Polaris Venture Partners

Ryan Spoon

Ryan Spoon

Ryan Spoon is a principal in San Francisco at Polaris’ Dog Patch Lab. He focuses on investments in internet, technology, and digital media. Ryan blogs at www.ryanspoon.com. Prior to joining Polairs, Ryan worked at Widgetbox as VP of Marketing & Business Development. Ryan spent 2003-2007 at eBay Inc.

Sam Kingsland, Granite Ventures

Sam Kingsland

Sam Kingsland

Sam Kingsland of Granite Ventures brings extensive experience working with emerging growth companies to the team.  Over Sam’s eighteen-year career in the venture industry, he has worked with more than 70 venture-backed companies and on more than 115 financings. 

During his career, he has worked with early-stage companies in the wireless, semiconductor, software, internet and consumer markets.  Sam lead Granite’s investments in DigitalThink (acquired by Convergys), NetBoost (acquired by Intel), Nexabit Networks (acquired by Lucent), Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) and SnapTrack (acquired by Qualcomm).  He currently serves on the Boards of Directors for Agilence, Fulcrum Microsystems, Grid2Home and Venturi Wireless.  Sam holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College.

Neal Hansch, Rustic Canyon Partners

Neal Hansch

Neal Hansch

Neal Hansch of Rustic Canyon Partners brings over fifteen years of venture capital, technology operations and financial advisory experience to Rustic Canyon and its portfolio companies.

Before joining Rustic Canyon in 2005, Neal worked in the Corporate Development group at Macromedia (Nasdaq: MACR), where he was responsible for global M&A transactions and strategic equity investments. Prior to Macromedia, Neal was an investor at Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV) and also spent time in Product Marketing at webMethods (Nasdaq: WEBM).

Don Ross of Sand Hill Angels

Don Ross

Don Ross

Don Ross is co-founder of HealthTech Capital, Board Director of Sand Hill Angels, and a Member of Life Science Angels. Don also is Board Director of Figure 8 Surgical and OncoHealth Corporation. Don is active in syndications among Angel groups and early stage venture firms.

Within Angel groups, he chairs screening and didactic committees. Don provides strategic guidance, operational experience, and investments to a variety of startups, which include companies in diagnostics, medical devices, eHealth, mobile, and Internet. He has a particular interest in health tech—the intersection of healthcare and information technology.