Tyler Peterson

Vice President – Triangle Peak Partners

Tyler Peterson joined Triangle Peak Partners, LP in 2014 as Vice President. Prior to Triangle Peak, he spent seven years at Google where he held various product strategy and finance positions. Most recently, he focused on new product development for YouTube monetization. Additionally, he has led strategy and finance groups in the Google+ and Google Maps businesses.

Earlier in his career, Tyler worked across a variety of Google products including: AdWords, AdSense, Gmail, Google Checkout, Google TV Ads, and more. He has advised country managers how to scale teams internationally, built new products from idea to hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue, and been a lead analyst on multi-billion dollar businesses

Tyler graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a BA in Economics and History, and he holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson.

Mike McCormick

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.

Brian Martin

Associate – Vanedge Capital

Vanedge Capital is a $140M early stage venture capital fund based in Vancouver that directly invests in technology companies across North America. At Vanedge, Brian works with companies in the areas of security, infrastructure, cloud computing and enterprise software. On behalf of Vanedge Capital, he is a Board Member of Boundless Geo, Board Observer for Privacy Analytics and former Board Observer for Metafor (acquired by Splunk).

Brian has had a focused career in IT management and investment; he has lead the sponsorship and development of over $40M in technology investments. Brian started his career at Matrikon (acquired by Honeywell) delivering public safety systems in New York City post 9-11. He later became the tri-state area manager and profitably grew operations with Fortune500 clients such as Entergy, Con Edison and PG&E. After Matrikon, Brian worked as the Enterprise and Security Manager for both BCTC and BC Hydro, where he lead the initiatives for NERC compliance and security for the Olympics. Prior to joining Vanedge, Brian was Managing Director at Performance Capital Advisors, where he completed multiple M&A and advisory engagements, including the sale of OpenEC to QHR Technologies.

Brian is an independent Board member of the Mole Hill Housing society; which manages and owns twenty heritage houses for low and middle income family accommodation. Brian received his M.B.A. from Queen’s School of Business and has a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from University of Alberta where he was the Chairman of the Engineering Student’s society. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a registered Professional Engineer (New York State).

Alixe Cormick

Founder – Venture Law Corporation

Alixe Cormick is the founder of Venture Law Corporation in Vancouver, BC. Alixe concentrates her legal practice in the areas of initial public offerings, follow-on offerings, reverse takeovers, capital pool corporations, qualifying transactions, mergers & acquisitions, secondary listings and exempt market financings.  Alixe has assisted over 150 companies listing on stock exchanges and trading boards in North America and is also an active angel investor and has been a speaker at several conferences in Canada discussing the legal aspects of crowdfunding.

Conducting a private placement can be complicated. If you are listed on a stock exchange in Canada you are subject to securities rules of the provinces in which you are a reporting issuer (securities rules) and the rules of the stock exchange your securities are listed for trading (exchange rules). You must also comply with the securities rules where your potential investor(s) reside. Securities rules are silent on the issue of pricing of private placement securities. Exchange rules, however, dictate not only a minimum price but also the allowable discount to the market price private placement securities can be sold

BJ Lackland

CEO – Lighter Capital

BJ Lackland joined Lighter Capital as CEO in 2012. BJ has spent his career working with emerging technology companies as an operating executive and investor. He has been a venture capitalist, the CFO of a public technology company, an angel investor, and a senior finance and marketing leader at tech startups.

Before joining Lighter Capital, BJ was a consultant to early stage technology companies, an active member of the Northwest Energy Angels, and the CFO of Power Efficiency Corporation, a publicly traded energy efficiency technology company. Earlier in his career, BJ spent five years as the Vice President and Director of Summit Energy Ventures, a venture capital fund focused on investments in energy technologies, where he completed numerous equity and debt investments in public and private companies. Before becoming a VC, BJ was the Director of Strategic Relations at EnCompass Globalization, a provider of software globalization and e-commerce services, and was the Director of Strategic Planning and Corporate Development at webStrategic, a business development software and consulting company. BJ also worked at The National Bureau of Asian Research, a bipartisan think tank focused on U.S. economic, political and security policy toward Asia.

BJ received an MBA from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, an MA in International Studies (China Studies) from the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies, and a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Claremont McKenna College.

Josh Maher

Angel Investor

Josh Maher is a passionate supporter of the Seattle startup community, President of Seattle Angel, a non-profit focused on education at the intersection of startups and angel investing. Seattle Angel launched the highly successful Seattle Angel Conference and recently launched the Seattle Angel Fund. Josh, an angel investor himself, is a consultant, mentor, and adviser to startups, syndicates, family offices, institutional and individual investors, and venture funds since 2007.

He is also the author of Startup Wealth: How the Best Angel Investors Make Money in Startups  the #1 new release in Wealth Management on Amazon and in the top 10 in Venture Capital and top 20 in Startups. Startup Wealth delivers engaging interviews with early-stage investors in Google, Invisalign, ZipCar, Uber, Twilio, Localytics, and other successful and not so successful companies

Rexford R. Hibbs

Co-Founder – DreamFunded

Rexford R. Hibbs is the COO and Co-Founder at DreamFunded. Rexford graduated from Menlo College with a B.S. in Business Management and Accounting. Rexford has been a panelist and guest speaker at various startup pitch events in the bay area.

Rexford comes from a startup and real estate investing background. He has made various early stage startup investments through his family office in the technology and internet space. Before co-founding DreamFunded, Rexford was previously with 2 successful internet startup companies that he helped grow from the ground up. Rexford is a Seattle native with deep ties to the investment and startup communities in the Seattle area.

Rexford is passionate about Menlo College and is on the alumni board where he is dedicated to expanding the school’s reach and academic excellence. He is also assisting Menlo College in developing an in-house incubator program.

Joel Ayala

Associate – Lumia Capital

Joel Ayala joined Lumia Capital in 2015 and his responsibilities include due diligence, investment sourcing, and portfolio company management. Joel participated in Lumia’s investments in Greenhouse, Kahuna, Careem, Digital Genius, EatStreet, Trocafone, Sprig, and Hired among others. In 2016, he was named 30 Under 30 in Venture Capital by Forbes Magazine.

Prior to Lumia, Joel worked in corporate development and international operations at YuMe (NYSE: YUME), a leading digital video advertising platform. At YuMe, Joel helped expand YuMe’s global footprint both in Latin America and Asia by establishing new offices in Mexico, Chile, and China. In addition, Joel provided strategic analysis and valuation expertise to help the company expand after going public in 2013. Joel was also a founder of Mingleton, a company that pioneered the use of iBeacon to achieve hyperlocal networking and messaging for users which he exited prior to joining Lumia. Previously, Joel was an investment banker with Jefferies’ Global Technology, Media, and Telecom group. At Jefferies, Joel worked on various acquisitions, equity, and debt offerings with clients such as SingTel, Dell, TPG and Thoma Bravo. Prior to Jefferies, Joel interned at Citi in their investment banking group and Goldman Sachs in their private equity group in New York.

Joel holds a BA, cum laude with distinction, from Harvard University in Economics and was selected as a Milken Scholar.

Molly Otter

CIO – Lighter Capital

Molly Otter joined Lighter Capital as CIO in 2013. Molly has been an investment professional for 10+ years with a focus on providing debt for middle market companies.

Prior to joining Lighter Capital, Otter was a Vice President at AEA Investors LP, one of the oldest private equity investment firms in the United States with more than $5 billion in assets under management, where she played a key role in closing the first mezzanine fund and worked to establish the organization’s four mezzanine and senior debt funds investing directly in middle market companies. She evaluated lending to hundreds of companies and was directly involved in over 25 portfolio investments while serving as a member of the team. Earlier in her career, Otter worked as an Associate at American Capital Strategies, a business development corporation. Prior to American Capital Strategies, she was at GSC Partners where she worked as a generalist, evaluating and making investments in their private equity, collateralized debt obligations, and distress debt funds.

She has her BA from Dartmouth College and her MSc from the London School of Economics.

Capital Advantage

21 January 2016

9am to 5pm

Washington State Convention Center

800 Convention Place
WA 98101

General Admission $697 USD

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