President & CEO at SRII
President & CEO at SRII
Kris Singh’s keynote will discuss major focus areas for “Innovating Digital Economy around the world” and will include the following topics:
* SRII (www.thesrii.org) global initiatives for “driving digital innovation for major sectors of global economy”
* Innovating Entrepreneurship for Digital Economy
* Global Startup Ecosystem: Silicon Valley. India, China, Europe, Israel and etc
* Venture Capital/Investment models in building startups: Past/Present/Future
* Startups key success factors
Kris Singh Bio:
Kris Singh has been a senior leader in the IT industry for more than 30 years. Kris has worked for major IT companies in the Silicon Valley like IBM Research, AMD, Intel and National Semiconductor. At IBM Almaden Research Kris has been the Strategic Programs Director for IT Services Research and where he created the global IT Service Research and Innovation Institute, SRII (www.thesrii.org). SRII mission is to drive Digital Innovation for major sectors of economy and to help build a better world. SRII members include senior leaders from industry, academia, research, government and key professional organizations from around the world. SRII organizations and global chapters are located in India, China, Japan, Europe, Asia, Caribbean and Latin America.
Before IBM Research, Kris has been the Director at AMD CTO Office responsible for Microprocessor Platform and Technology roadmap definition working closely with major customers and industry ecosystem partners. Prior to AMD CTO Office, Kris has worked for Intel as a Director of the Data Center technology and solutions working closely with CIO’s around the world to better understand and define Data Center “Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)” model and IT Service Quality and help drive down the cost of delivering IT Services/Solutions for major sectors of industry. Before Intel, Kris has been with National Semiconductor where he managed various groups like Product/ Technology development, Global Manufacturing & Suppliers Management, and major Customer programs.
While working in the IT industry Kris has also been connected with academia. Kris has been an Industry Fellow in the College of Engineering at UC Berkeley, and an adjunct professor in the Electrical Engineering & Computer Science department at Santa Clara University, CA. He is on the Advisory Board at several major universities helping drive “Innovation in Education system and building Entrepreneurship program”. Kris is also on the board/advisory member of several startup companies in Silicon Valley and he is a regular speaker at major forums/conferences around the world.
Kris received his BS in Physics with honors and MS in Solid State Physics from BRAB University, India. He also received a MS in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University, California and completed the Executive Management Program in Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Stanford University.
Principal – Rubicon VC
As Principal – San Francisco, Mike works to identify and evaluate promising early-stage technology companies seeking venture funding,
conduct diligence on potential investments and support Rubicon’s portfolio companies. Mike also plays a central role in Rubicon’s fund operations, fundraising and investor relations.
Prior to joining Rubicon, Mike was an early employee at LiquidSpace, a San Francisco technology startup backed by Reid Hoffman, FLOODGATE, Shasta Ventures and others. At LiquidSpace Mike focused on business development and marketplace growth and operations. Prior to LiquidSpace, Mike worked in management consulting, enterprise technology sales and seed-stage investing. He is also an active angel investor and advisor to several early-stage companies and mentor to various startup accelerators.
Mike received a BA in government and history from Georgetown University where he also founded two profitable startups with his classmates. Mike lives and works in San Francisco.
General Partner – New Luna Ventures
Gary Schefsky – General Partner, New Luna Ventures.
New Luna Ventures http://newlunaventures.com invests in companies with exceptional management teams who lead with their innovation, environmental, resource and community policies, business execution, and who attain results on an international scale. New Luna also provides investor advisory services to institutional fund partners and interim corporate and business development services to start-up ventures.
Sectors We Focus On
• Renewable energy technology and financial deployment models
• Green building technology and sustainable real estate development
• Retail brands tied to sustainability, community, and impact
• Saas software affecting real world actions, communications, and commerce
Natel Energy – B-round Investor, prior to first commercial implementation, now live in Oregon with power purchase contracted to Apple Computer. Natel Energy is an innovator of low-head hydro renewable energy systems utilizing their proprietary hydroEngine™. This innovative technology, modular approach, and systems designs enables cost-efficient deployment in natural waterways and agricultural irrigation canals and channels at drops between 6 and 60 feet in height.
PlaceGuides – Angel-round investor; innovated, led, and materialized product from concept to initial market release to lead customers. Secured strategic strategic alliance with ESRI, global fortune 500 mapping company.
New Luna I – Built private investment fund for investment in high-performance green building development at large scale. Formed team of experts in architecture, engineering, and finance. Secured lead investment, subscribed investors, formed strategic alliance with $700M private equity fund.
Sustain360 – developed risk assessment and ROI calculator software applet tool focused on green building financial investment. Oversaw product prototyping. Drafted business marketing documents and developed strategic alliance pipeline.
Co-Founder / CEO – DreamFunded
Manny Fernandez is a Stanford University educated angel investor and serial entrepreneur. He has been successful in investing in his own ideas and taking companies from startup to exit.
In 2013, Fernandez founded SF Angels Group and has been an angel investor with TiE Angels since 2012. In 2014, he was named 2014 SF Angel Investor of the Year and received the Equity Crowdfunding Leadership Award. Fernandez recently became the #14 Angel Investor to Follow on Twitter. He is a frequent judge, speaker, and panelist for Bay Area corporations, startup demo days, and universities. He has been a featured guest speaker for events at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Harvard University, University of San Francisco (USF), PayPal, Yahoo!, Plug and Play, USAWeek in Europe, Intel Global Challenge, California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s (CHCC) SharkTank, Startup Grind, AngelHack Global Demo, Startup Weekend, SXSW and many more.
Principal – Bee Partners
Garrett Goldberg is a seasoned Entrepreneur, Investor and an efficient deployer of seed stage capital. I am an entrepreneur, a sportsman, and a best friend. I’ve taken the path less traveled into seed stage investing.
Bee Partners works with passionate entrepreneurs possessing deep market insights. We are frequently the first outside capital into a pre-Seed company. We also invest at the Seed-stage, helping to refer reference customers, capital sources, strategic insights, leadership support and more. At Bee Partners, we’re ready and eager to slog through the various tribulations of entrepreneurship and help founders produce efficient, elegant, and lasting companies that create or meaningfully change customer experiences.
Angel Investor, Entrepreneur and Advisor
Gopi Rangan is a Venture Capital investor facilitating innovation in large corporations through partnerships with start-ups.He has considerable experience in leading corporate strategy and M&A. Gopi has Co-authored 30+ patents, has a strong product management and operational experience & started his career at an enterprise software start-up.
Until recently he was the Managing Director of USAA and was one of the three executives in USAA’s corporate venture group with $350MM (AUM). He focused on facilitating strategic partnerships with innovative start-ups and played an active role on the board of portfolio companies. USAA’s typical corporate VC investments are $1M to $10M per round, stage agnostic, and in the following sectors: Internet of Things (IoT), insurance (auto, home, health and life), and FinTech (investment management, lending, payments and real-estate) and enterprise infrastructure (security, data center, networking and virtual assistant). His Portfolio of companies included: TrueCar (Nasdaq: TRUE), Care.com (NYSE: CRCM), Vast, Cartera Commerce, Snapsheet, ID.me, Automatic, Saffron Technology (acquired by INTC), Expect Labs, Personal Capital, Repair Pal, CafeX, Narrative Science, Coinbase, Prosper, Roostify, Robin Systems and Roost. USAA provides insurance, banking, investments, retirement products and advice to more than 11 million members of the U.S. military and their families, with $24 billion in annual revenues and 28,000 employees. USAA is consistently lauded as leaders in customer satisfaction.
General Partner – Acero Capital
Rami Elkhatib – General Partner at Acero Capital
Acero Capital, a venture capital firm focused on investments in early stage business software (mobile, cloud, security, infrastructure). He currently serves as Director on the boards of several companies including: Swrve Mobile (Mobile Marketing Automation), Contrast Security (Cybersecurity software), Gridstore (Hyper-converged IT Infrastructure), Argyle Data (big data real-time analytics), LiveHive (sales acceleration & analytics), Banyan Energy (optics technology), and others. Until its acquisition by Oracle, Rami also served as director on the board of Bitzer Mobile (Enterprise Mobility). Prior to Acero, Rami was General Partner at Southeast Technology Funds where he focused on Software & IT Infrastructure investments, and served on the boards of several investments including Pixel Magic (acquired by Dai Nippon), Waveguide Solutions, Elumens Corporation & Arsenal Digital (acquired by IBM).
Before going on leave from Stanford University, Rami pursued an M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford, where he was a member of Stanford’s Honors Coop Program. Rami is also a graduate of Purdue University where he earned a B.S. in Computer & Electrical Engineering and a graduate of M.I.T. where he earned an MBA in finance & where he was named the Henry du Pont III Scholar.
Founder – Mankind Venture Group (MvG)
Dave Taylor is the Founder and Managing Director of Mankind Venture Group (MvG), an advanced projects concept that aims to de-risk and accelerate development of high-impact brain and cognitive technologies. The uniquely pragmatic model blends venture capital, project management and contract R&D to systematically screen and progress game-changing ideas from simple patent to product-ready prototype/proof of concept.
Before MvG, Dave was a ‘brown-shoe’ management consultant, a combat-experienced Army Ranger, and a China specialist with nearly six years of academic studies and business management accumulated on the ground in China since 1999.
Upon full subscription, MvG Fund I will be the largest venture capital fund focused on high-impact brain and cognitive technologies.Primary MvG activities performed by teams based in Silicon Valley and Boston with supporting activities provided by strategic affiliates and vendors in Brussels (covering Europe) and Shanghai (covering Asia). Sourcing is not geographically restricted, however we do focus attention towards more robust life science clusters.
Our managed project-based, “build to buy” investment model aims to de-risk and accelerate commercial pipeline offerings across three verticals:
– Medical: early stage medical technologies offering preventative or curative effects in Alzheimer’s disease and clinical depression or leaping improvements in global access to treatment.
– Consumer: early stage consumer electronic device, software, hardware, service or other advanced technology offering potential transformative effects in communication, sleep or entertainment
– Game-Changer: early stage electronic device, software, hardware, service or other advanced technology offering potential ‘transcendent’ effects in learning and memory, security and justice, and decision making and analysis
Founder & CEO at Chilango Ventures
Carlos Ochoa – Founder & CEO at Chilango Ventures
Entrepreneur by nature, storyteller by vocation, traveler by accident, engineer by design, artist by choice and dreamer by day.
In November of 2014 after investing in a company, I had this aha moment that made me create a Venture Capital Firm, CHILANGO VENTURES. In this company I am helping great entrepreneurs, creating a better and brighter future.
In my previous life I was Executive VP of Sm4rt Corp .Sm4rt Corp included Sm4rt Security Services (Security Operation Centers), Sm4rt Predictive Systems (Card Fraud Prevention) and Sm4rt Game Studios (Videogames). The security company was acquired by Kio Networks and the fraud prevention venture was acquired by a bank consortium. I led the corporate functions for the group
I am a natural out of the box thinker, committed with objectives and great with relationships. My strengths (strength finder) are: competitive, strategic, activator, maximizer and communicator.
Imaginative and goal driven, I use to design creative marketing strategies and innovative sales processes.
I´m passionate for marketing, business, networking, sales, golf, snowboarding, travel, car racing and fashion.
Specialties: Startups, Strategy, Corporate Development, Marketing, Business Development, Branding and Positioning of IT Companies.
Venture Capitalist at CLI Ventures
Ryan Wang – Venture Capitalist at CLI Ventures
Virtual Reality Expert + Venture Capitalist @ Silicon Valley
I invest in early to mid stage tech startups across multiple industries, including but not limited to Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Computer Vision, Drones and FinTech.