March 31 – April 1, 2016       San Francisco

VCs Open Boardroom Exchange

  • Alex Gurevich

    Alex Gurevich | Javelin Venture Partners

    At Javelin, Alex is a generalist, looking for disruptive opportunities across a variety of sectors, including digital media, marketplaces, e-commerce , education, mobile, and enterprise SaaS. He is a board director or board observer for Engrade (acquired by  McGraw-Hill ), FEM, KitchIt, KopoKopo, Pixalate, Plug. DJ, Spotsetter (acquired by Apple), Skytree, Telerivet, TheHunt (acquired by Pinterest), Thumbtack and Weddington Way.

    Prior to joining Javelin, Alex was a Principal at DFJ Aurora, where he helped establish one of the first venture capital funds focused on high tech investments in Russia and Eastern Europe. Prior to DFJ, Alex was the first employee at ooma, a  venture-backed company in the consumer electronics, VoIP (voice over IP) space, where he led the company’s initial product roll out, customer acquisition, and retail distribution strategy in product management and business development roles. Alex was also co-founder of  Say-Hey-Hey .com, one of the web’s first free video dating sites, where he was in charge of all product development, fundraising, and business development efforts. Alex serves as a key advisor to several Silicon Valley early stage start-ups , including Sifteo (acquired by 3DRobotics) and PointSourcePower, as well as the Global Technology Symposium — the premier investor conference on emerging markets.

    Alex holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was co-President of the Venture Capital Club, a leader of a Global Study Trip, and a Board Fellow. He also holds a B.S. in Management Science and Engineering, a B.A. in International Relations, and an M.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University. During his time at Stanford, Alex was a Mayfield Fellow and led major technology centered research projects at General Motors and IBM for Stanford’s Center for Work, Technology, and Organization. When he’s not working in SF, Alex spends a lot of his free time in LA, chasing his welsh corgi around various dog parks and beaches. He’s an avid basketball fan and global explorer.

  • Andy Tsao | Silicon Valley Bank (2016 GIC Head Judge)

    Andy Tsao is a Managing Director and leads SVB’s Global Gateway, which assists innovation companies in the emerging markets with their US and international market expansion. In addition, Tsao leads SVB Global Private Equity Services, working with SVB’s international private equity and venture capital clients, particularly those in the emerging markets. He brings more than 20 years of experience banking dynamic companies in technology industries worldwide. In his roles, Tsao manages SVB’s relationships with venture capital and private equity firms outside the U.S., and also helps emerging market companies as they seek U.S. market entry and U.S. companies as they seek to expand abroad. In both capacities, Tsao provides these firms with strategic advice and banking services, including debt financing, based on a deep understanding of their needs. Previously, Tsao led and helped found SVB’s U.K.-based operation, SVB Financial Group UK Ltd, which was established in 2004. Tsao is a TiE Silicon Valley Charter Member and Asia America MultiTechnology Association (AAMA) Silicon Valley Co-President and Charter Member, and serves on the West Coast Advisory Board for Colgate University. Tsao earned a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and an MBA from Boston University.

  • Norm Fogelsong

    Norm Fogelsong | Institutional Venture Partners

    Norman A. Fogelsong, is a General Partner at Institutional Venture Partners, a Silicon Valley later-stage venture capital firm that invests in leading technology and media companies. IVP was formed in 1980 and has $4.0 billion of committed capital. The firm has had 101 portfolio company IPO’s, including Juniper Networks, LSI Logic, Netflix, Tivo, Twitter and Zynga. IVP’s most recent investments include Dropbox, MobileIron and Snapchat. With over 35 years of high-tech experience, Norm has led investments in such companies as Aspect Communications, Compaq Computers, Concur Technologies, Convex Computers, Integrated Circuit Works, Lam Research, Marketo and Polycom. He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Venture Capital Association.

    After beginning his career as a computer programmer at Hewlett-Packard, Norm worked as a strategy consultant with McKinsey before joining the venture capital business in 1980. His education includes a B.S. in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University (1973), an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School (1976) and a J.D. from Harvard Law School (1978). Norm has also served the local community as the Treasurer of the Children’s Health Council, the Secretary of the Churchill Club and as the founder of the Kona Jazz Festival.

2016 Judge Panel

  • Bill Reichert

    Bill Reichert | Garage Technology Ventures

    Bill Reichert is Managing Director of Garage Technology Ventures, a leading seed-stage and early-stage venture capital fund, based in Silicon Valley. Garage makes seed investments in promising early stage technology companies and works intensively with them to help them to the next step. Some of Garage’s most successful startups include Pandora, Tripwire, LeftHand Networks, Coremetrics, Hoku Scientific, Kaboodle, WhiteHat Security and Simply Hired.

    Bill has spent most of his career as an entrepreneur and operating executive. Prior to joining Garage in 1998, Bill was a  co-founder and senior executive at several early-stage , venture-backed technology companies, including Trademark Software, The Learning Company, Infa Technologies, and Academic Systems. Earlier in his career, Bill worked at McKinsey & Co. in Los Angeles, the World Bank in Washington, DC, and Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. in New York. Bill earned his BA from Harvard University and his MBA from Stanford University.

  • David Goldsmith

    David Goldsmith | Serial Entrepreneur, Author

    David Goldsmith is Co-founder and President of New York, Hong Kong based Goldsmith Organization, and Buzd, LLC a San Francisco based patent development and funding company, Head of Strategy for Innosect a Silicon Valley innovation analytics, big data, and advisory company, Partner of Slice 3 a Johannesburg big data and consulting company, an award-winning author of Paid to THINK, engaging keynote speaker, patent holding inventor, former 12-year professor at New York University, serial entrepreneur, advisor to tech startups, and groundbreaking business thought leader.

    Mr. Goldsmith, touted by experts as the Deming and Drucker of our time, is a leading authority on strategy, innovation, and forecasting. Mr. Goldsmith has received a number of prestigious awards for his professional and community achievements such as The Citizens Foundation Central New York Entrepreneur of the Year and the Central New York 40 under 40 Leadership Award. His contributions have placed him on the Board of Directors of a number of community oriented organizations and his accomplishments have appeared in media around the world, including Bloomberg Media, Forbes, Fortune, WSJ, the Japanese version of Entrepreneur Magazine, and the Financial Times.

    The demand for Mr. Goldsmith's insights and rapid ability to transform organizations takes him 300,000 miles around the globe each year to advise CXOs on how to create opportunities and innovatively drive business. Clients include profits (including FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies), and not-for-profit, government, military and educational organizations.

    One of the projects Mr. Goldsmith is currently leading is to advance human space exploration and to create a space based economy with NASA.

  • Jeremy Fiance

    Jeremy Fiance | The Berkeley Fund

    Jeremy Fiance is a pre-seed and seed stage investor. While a student at UC Berkeley, Jeremy prototyped Berkeley’s startup potential co-launching several campus initiatives, including Kairos Society Berkeley and Free Ventures, that have sparked over 100 startups. As an entrepreneur, Jeremy started a health data science startup called Dropsense and actively advises several Berkeley startups, including Lily. As an investor, Jeremy was the youngest ever Associate at Keiretsu Forum, Managing Partner at Dorm Room Fund Berkeley, and an Associate at CrunchFund.

  • Kira Kimhi

    Kira Kimhi | Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

    Kira Kimhi is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where she focuses on business transactions driven by the development, licensing, acquisition, or divestiture of intellectual property and technology. Her practice also includes intellectual property and commercial matters in mergers, acquisitions, initial public offerings, venture and private equity financings, and other complex strategic transactions.

    Kira's clients range from start-ups and mature private companies to large public companies in various technology-driven industries, including software, hardware, semiconductors and electronics, clean technologies, video gaming (including free-to-play and MMOG), social media, e-commerce, and Internet. Her involvement in a company's lifecycle from day-to-day operations to major transactions provides a unique value-add to her clients.

    Kira brings extensive international experience. She has worked in Russia and Italy and routinely advises international clients doing business in the U.S., primarily focusing on companies and investors from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Israel, and Italy. Kira is fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, and Italian.

    Prior to joining the firm, Kira practiced in New York City, where she specialized in entertainment, media, and corporate law.

  • Nicola Corzine

    Nicola Corzine | Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center

    Nicola Corzine serves as the Executive Director of the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, a San Francisco-based non-profit organization designed to educate, innovate and connect aspiring and current entrepreneurs. As Executive Director, Nicola is responsible for strategic and operational leadership, working closely with the Entrepreneurial Center’s President and board of directors to drive and implement program planning, fundraising, and business operations.

    Nicola brings over 15 years of strategic business development and entrepreneurial thought leadership programming experience to the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, most recently in her role leading Band of Angels investments, a position she held since 2004. Nicola is also a Partner in the 2009 Acorn fund which includes investments in Practice Fusion, Niveus Medical, Materna, CrowdOptic and Flywheel, one of the biggest names in the E-hailing industry and acquired companies, 100plus (acquired by Practice Fusion) and nScaled (acquired by Acronis).

    Prior to Band of Angels, she was the founder and executive director of Financing Partners, an organization offering specific programs designed to help entrepreneurs and investors reach their mutual objectives. Nicola has a broad background in investor relations and marketing at both startup companies, such as Digital Integrity, and financial institutions, including Credit Suisse First Boston and Fundraising Forum. She has served as Board Observer to Flipora, a unique search engine for your Web Memory, Meteor Solutions and Flywheel.

  • Tatiana Saribekian

    Tatiana Saribekian | Domain Venture Capital

    Tatiana Saribekian is a Chief Executive Officer of Domain Russia Investments (DRI) (since 2012), a subsidiary of Domain Associates, a leading US-based life sciences venture capital firm. Tatiana has been cooperating with Domain Associates since 2005, when she supervised clinical trials of Domain portfolio companies in the Russian Federation. In 2010 Ms. Saribekian initiated the development and execution of a complex joint project between Domain and «Rosnano» OJSC with total estimated investments over USD 700 million and was substantially involved in that project’s implementation. Ms. Saribekian acted on behalf of Domain when negotiating the transaction and subsequently was named head of the newly-incorporated SPV established for the project management from Domain’s side. She also site on the Board of Directors of «NovaMedica» LLC, a joint venture of Domain and «Rusnano» OJSC, a pharmaceutical company created to produce and market innovative next-generation products for the Russia and CIS market. In that role she has been instrumental in the development and performance of transactions on the transfer of pharmaceutical intellectual property rights from Domain portfolio companies (such as Marinus, Syndax, NovaDigm, Lithera, Revision Optics and others) to Russia.

    Tatiana Saribekian has more than 25 years of business experience. At the beginning of her professional career she was with the Moscow Commercial Land Bank and participated in the management of Lescomcenter (a government corporation formed after the dissolution of the Ministry of Lumber Industry). Subsequently, Ms. Saribekian was co-founder and vice president of one of the first private vertically-integrated lumber companies in Russia, Lespromservice, with the firm quickly becoming one of the 10 largest exporters of Russian lumber.

    Tatiana Saribekian holds a law degree from the Moscow State Law Academy and bachelors and masters (MBA) degrees from San Diego State University, with a specialization in entrepreneurship. Ms. Saribekian is a 2012 graduate from the prestigious Kauffman Fellows program for venture investors.

    Ms. Saribekian is a frequent speaker at events around the globe on the topic of  cross-border partnerships in the life sciences.

  • Rick Rasmussen

    Rick Rasmussen | Concordia Ventures

    Rick Rasmussen is a successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur with several lifetimes worth of experience and accomplishment. He operates flawlessly across disciplines including startups, the corporate world, government and education. He is a sought-after speaker and has keynoted many conferences around the world.

    He is currently serving as Managing Director at Concordia Ventures, a leading education and advisory firm focused on International Business Development. He is a Silicon Valley native with entrepreneurial, executive, government and academic experience focusing on startups and growth stage companies.  He works extensively with governments and economic development agencies looking to connect with Silicon Valley.  

    Rick advises accelerators and government-led economic development initiatives for a number of countries including Canada, Korea, Austria, Armenia, Brazil, Portugal, Azerbaijan, Mongolia, Mexico and China. Prior, Mr. Rasmussen served as the Trade Commissioner for the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade with responsibility for linking Canadian IT companies to the Valley.  

    He is an active member of the Sand Hill Angels investment group. He served as an Entrepreneur in Residence for Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) for the semiconductor and equipment sectors. He is an active mentor with a pool of five to ten companies at a given point in time. He serves as a Director of CritterPix, an animated feature film startup in Marin County, CA. and LionSharp, a presentation-based gesture control company in Yerevan, Armenia.

    Rick has developed a full set of graduate-level curricula covering the range of startup development from inception through exit. This material has been extensively taught at leading accelerators and international universities as well as UC Berkeley, Stanford University and MIT.

    His corporate career spans the semiconductor and networking industries and has ben a member of the executive teams of five companies that staged Initial Public Offerings including LSI Logic, C-Cube Microsystems, @Road, Sage and Intellon. All have since been acquired at an aggregate price of $10B.

    Mr. Rasmussen earned an Electrical Engineering and Computer Science degree with highest honors from the University of California at Berkeley as well as a dual MBA degree from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business and Columbia's Graduate School of Business in New York City with honors.

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