Berkeley-Haas Entrepreneurship

Our Mentors

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In Brief:

Students and alumni have the opportunity to schedule 20-minute sessions with some of the Bay Area’s top entrepreneurs, VCs and attorneys through our Mentoring Hours program.

We have over 50 mentors who generously donate their time to help students with their business ideas in person or via Skype.

Click here for information on the Mentoring Program, Schedule and Signups.

Mentors

Adrián García | Founding Partner, Carao Ventures

Adrián García is Founding partner at Carao Ventures. He has invested and worked with early stage startups based in Latin America and US for the past 10 years. His recent experience includes companies in the SaaS, consumer software, marketplaces, fintech, and education industries. Before founding Carao Ventures, Adrián was Associate at Mesoamerica, a leading consulting and private equity firm in Latin America. Also, he has an active role in relevant causes in Costa Rica such as marine conservation, public education improvement, and Internet openness and transparency. Adrián is father of 2 children and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics with honours from the University of Texas in Austin, an MBA at MIT Sloan School of Management, and is Fellow at Central America Leadership Initiative (CALI), part of Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN).
Albert Chiang | Partner, Photon Ventures

Albert Chiang is a Partner at Photon Ventures, the US arm of an HK-based family office, with investments in East Asia, South Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North America. His role focuses on identifying and early-stage investment opportunities and helping them succeed globally. These investments focus around the themes of automation and AI, in sectors ranging from commerce to autonomous vehicles. Previously, he has worked as a lead in product, strategy, and machine learning roles at a major consulting firm, as well as in roles with the US Trade Representative and US Congress. He graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in International Political Economy.
Amanda Pouchot | Co-Founder, Levo League

Amanda Pouchot is the Co-Founder of Levo League, an online career network for millenials that is active in 30 cities. Amanda is currently working on a new venture in the education space. Together10 delivers a fun learning activities to parents to do with their kids. She began her career in the Organization Practice at McKinsey and Company in New York and currently serves as a Member of the Board of Directors for the UC Berkeley Cal Alumni Association. She is a Lean In Launch team member and her writing has appeared on Fortune.com.
Andrew McCraith | Director, Rakon Ltd.

Andrew McCraith (MBA 08) joined Rakon in 2010. In his current role as Global Director – Strategic Marketing & Business Development, he is responsible for all aspects of Rakon’s global business development and strategic marketing activities. Andrew has spent ten years in the timing industry. Prior to his current role, Andrew was Rakon’s Product Manager for the XO and VCXO product lines and previously co-founded Silicon Clocks, a Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) timing company, acquired by Silicon Laboratories.
Arup Banerjee | CEO and Co-Founder of Windfall

Arup Banerjee (FTMBA ’13) is currently the CEO and Co-Founder of Windfall. Windfall is a data company focused on modeling out the net worth of every person in the world. It recently raised financing from strategic angels and seed-stage venture capital firms. Prior to Windfall, Arup served as SVP, Product at Radius, a B2B predictive marketing company that raised over $125 million from firms like Founders Fund, AmEx Ventures, and Formation 8. Arup is also a product alum of GoodData and Box. Prior to business school, he worked at Updata Partners, a growth equity firm based out of Washington DC, and deployed over $45 million over 3 years. Arup started his career at Citigroup working in the Global Technology Investment Banking Group.
Bhavin Parikh | Founder, Magoosh

Bhavin Parikh sets the vision and strategy for Magoosh, along with whatever else needs to be done. With a BS/BA in Economics and Computer Science from Duke University and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, he’s on a mission to change the way people learn and how they think about learning. Years ago, Bhavin played on several Nationals-level ultimate frisbee teams. Today, he’s our resident gelato connoisseur.
Brent Locks | Senior Director of Product, Popsugar

Brent Locks (MBA 11) is the Sr. Director of Product at Popsugar, where he runs product for the ShopStyle business, the leading fashion shopping search engine on the web. Most recently he was the Co-founder and CEO of PICT, a shoppable photo technology platform, which was acquired by Popsugar in January 2014. Brent spent over five years with PricewaterhouseCoopers in their M&A advisory group focused on buy-side and sell-side transactions in the software and retail industries. He has a B.A. in Business Management Economics from UC Santa Cruz and an MBA from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, where he was an Appel Award winner and Turner Fellow.
Brooks Kincaid | Co-founder & President, Imprint Energy

Brooks Kincaid (MBA 11) is the Co-founder and President of Imprint Energy, a battery technology company developing printable, ultra-thin, flexible batteries for wearable electronics and the Internet of Things. Brooks oversees Imprint Energy’s marketing, business development, and finance activities, as well as general operations. Prior to founding Imprint Energy, Brooks worked as a Financial Analyst at Google focusing on sales, strategic partnerships, and new business development. He worked closely with sales and engineering teams to structure deals with global footprints worth over $2 billion. Prior to Google, Brooks worked in investment banking with Seven Hills Partners, where he focused on acquisitions and late-stage financings for venture-backed technology companies spanning medical devices, semiconductors, enterprise software, cleantech and consumer Internet. Brooks also has experience in venture capital with Elan Management (now Prelude Ventures) and in physical sciences startups with LightSail Energy, a company developing modular compressed air energy storage systems. Brooks has a B.S. in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.
Carolin Funk | Manager of Venture Technology at Siemens TTB

Dr. Carolin Funk serves as the COO at FreeWire Technologies, a startup company building mobile, connected energy storage solutions that change the way energy is delivered to the construction, entertainment and utility industries. Prior to FreeWire, she was the Director of Venture Technology at Siemens Technology to Business, where she orchestrated the strategic partnership between FreeWire and Siemens. Earlier in her career, she worked as a Project Director for the German Energy- Agency in Berlin, driving public-private partnership project with European utilities and governmental organizations. Dr. Funk holds masters degrees in mechanical engineering and business administration from the Technical University of Berlin and a doctorate degree in automotive engineering.
Charles Hua | Startup Investor and Advisor

Charles Hua brings more than a decade of experience as a product leader and entrepreneur focused on consumer internet products, platforms, and businesses. Mostly recently, Charles was at Basis Science (acquired by Intel) focused on problems around behavior change to help people lead healthier lives. Formerly he led product management at GREE, where he oversaw teams developing one of the highest grossing mobile applications in the world, and Playdom (acquired by Disney), helping to create social games with iconic Disney characters and stories. Charles is a MBA candidate at Berkeley Haas and holds a bachelor’s degree concentrating in information systems from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He was born and raised in the Bay Area, California.
Curtis MacDonald | Venture Partner, HTGF

Curtis MacDonald is an Entrepreneur and Early Stage VC. As a Venture Partner at HTGF, Curtis helps the VC firm manage their US startups and activities. While an investor at HTGF, Curtis led Seed and Series A Investments in over a dozen high-tech startups, including HTGF’s first international investments. He created and managed a profitable portfolio of 12 startups. In his role as Senior Investment Manager, Curtis negotiated with founders and led HTGF’s participation in the financing, then took a directorship position on the board and mentored the startups. He managed each stage of the investment, from initial contact to exit. Prior to moving to Germany, Curtis founded a VC-backed consumer WiFi company, hField Technologies. Over the next five years in his roles as CEO and later as CTO, Curtis was responsible for the technological and product development of the company’s first product, the Wi-Fire (at the time available at Best Buy). At Lehigh University Curtis was awarded a dual IBE Business and Computer Engineering degree, followed later by a Masters in Mechanical Engineering. Curtis writes about his startup and VC experiences at www.startupde.com and spends his free time working on various hardware and python projects.
David Denberg | Curator/Partner at Summit Powder Mountain

David Denberg is on the Senior Team at Summit Powder Mountain where he holds the unique job title of Curator. David is passionate about company culture, community building and lifestyle design. Summit Series events and the Powder Mountain Real Estate project are platforms through which David has explored experience curation, real-estate acquisition and deal finance structure. Summit recently purchased Powder Mountain, and is in the process of developing a year-round intentional community for Summit Series attendees. A young entrepreneur in a fast paced environment, David played a key role in taking Summit from startup to enterprise. In the past 3 years, the company has grown from an organization of eight employees to three hundred during peak season all the while donating millions of dollars to charity. David has also co-founded C’est Beau; a pop-up clothing boutique that specializes in men’s streetwear and lifestyle products. C’est Beau’s first location was in the heart of New York City where it received acclaim by such sources as The New York Times and Time Out New York. David holds a B.S. in Environmental Economics and Policy and a minor in Global Poverty and Practice from The College of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley. Above and beyond job titles, David considers himself to be a life artist; he speaks four languages, has traveled to more than 30 countries and has made it a priority to explore the world connecting passionate entrepreneurs.
David Hehman | Entrepreneur, Angel Investor

David Hehman (MBA 98) is a lifetime entrepreneur and an angel investor. David has co-founded and sold 5 technology businesses: HealthDesk (HDSK), GetawayZone (VacationSpot/EXPE), MarketHome (CLAC), EscapeHomes (TotalMove/AWAY), Pagewise.com (DMD). He currently serves on the Boards of several private internet businesses. Mr. Hehman received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from University of California at Berkeley in December 1992, and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley, Hass School of Business in 1998. In 2001, Mr. Hehman attended the PriceBabson@Berkeley symposium for Entrepreneurial Educators.
Dr. Jin Lee | Child neuropsychologist, Oxford

Dr. Jin Lee is an oxford trained child neuropsychologist, a digital health investor, and serial entrepreneur. She worked at the innovation and venture group of Humana and Providence St. Joseph Health, and founded startups in the healthcare, food, and education industries: BabyNoggin, My Medical Valut, Anacrusis Press, and various restaurants. She is an advisor to multiple accelerators and occasionally also do angel investment.
Elan Tye | Principal, Jazz Venture Partners

Elan Tye is a Principal with JAZZ Venture Partners focused on technologies that unlock human potential, particularly in healthcare. JAZZ is a mid-sized traditional venture capital firm typically leading or co-leading late seed through series B rounds. Previously Elan founded and grew several startups as an operator and adviser across digital health, neuroscience, and AI, including co-founding Swing Therapeutics and Blue Note Therapeutics. Other past experiences include the Boston Consulting Group and Monitor Deloitte, where he incubated startups and advised executives. He received his bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and his MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.
Gary Little | General Partner, Canvas

Gary Little is a General Partner at Canvas. He led the firm’s investments in Folloze, Kinetica, Platform9 and Totango, and is on the board of Viewics. He focuses on innovative software and services investments. Twice in the past five years, Gary has been named to the Forbes Midas List which seeks to identify the venture capitalists that were instrumental in creating the most impactful and valuable companies of tomorrow. Gary joined Morgenthaler Ventures in 1997 and continues to serve on the boards of Morgenthaler portfolio companies, including Adara, Evernote and MuleSoft. He also led the investment in NexTag and PeopleMatter. Gary serves, or served, as a board observer of Lending Club, Practice Fusion and Sonatype.Previously, Gary held several roles at Apple Computer, including SVP of Apple’s Power Macintosh Division, VP Sales Americas, and Sr. Dir. of Marketing for Apple’s Pacific division (China, Japan, Asia, Latin America, Canada). Prior to his time at Apple, Gary spent seven years at Sun Microsystems as Director of Product Marketing, Director of Asia Pacific Marketing (including a posting in Hong Kong), and as Group Manager of Industry Marketing. Before Sun, he held sales and marketing positions at IBM. Gary began his career as an IC design engineer for TRW’s microelectronics research labs. Gary earned an MBA from Harvard University and a BSEE from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Georgia Athanasiou | Founder, Bay Area CFO Consultants

Georgia Athanasiou is the founder of Bay Area CFO Consultants, a firm that consults with private companies from the start-up phase to operating companies with $20M in revenue. Georgia’s strength is helping her clients create money strategies that position them to meet their financial and operating goals, both through growth opportunities and challenging economic times, with a focus on key metrics which drive revenue growth, cash management and profitability. Previously, she was a founding member of the Sensys Networks management team, a Berkeley founded and based high-tech company, with revenue growth of 3000% over a three year period, debuting in 80th position on the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies in 2010 and 35th position on Deloitte’s 500 Growing High Tech Companies in 2011. Georgia has been in the San Francisco Bay Area start-up community for 20 years. She holds her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Accounting from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, and her M.S. in Business Analysis and Finance from San Francisco State University.
Gurkern Sufi | CEO and co-founder, Ravata Solutions

Gurkern Sufi is the CEO and co-founder of Ravata Solutions, a medical device company automatingembryo selection during in-vitro fertilization (IVF) to increase patient pregnancy success. A bio-informatician and data scientist by training from UC Davis, his entrepreneurial career began when heinvented and brought to market a platform for gene editing in animals using CRISPR Cas-9. Since then histechnical expertise has centered on bio-sensor design, synthetic biology, semi-conductor manufacturing,and medical diagnostics. He is alum of the Rotman School of Management’s Creative Destruction Laband SOSV’s IndieBio Accelerator. Today he continues leadership responsibilities at Ravata as well as inhis community as Finance and Budget Commissioner to the City of Davis, Co-Chair of his Rotary Club,and volunteers as mentor to the UC Davis’ Keller Pathway Fellows, Business Development Fellows, andBio-Innovation Group.
Heather Natsch | Entrepreneur and CFO, Presidio Interactive

Heather Natsch is an entrepreneur, advisor, and investor with a proven track record of success and 20+ years of deep operational and leadership experience in start-ups. She started her career in consulting at McKinsey & Company, where she formed her strategic and analytical know-how. Then, turning to entrepreneurship, she co-founded, built and sold multiple ventures: first, a search marketing firm sold in 2005; next, a fintech business in insurance sold in 2010; most recently, an e-decor platform sold in 2019.  Along the way, she has invested in multiple start-ups, and she sits on various advisory boards.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Davidson College and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley, Haas School of Business.
Isabel Hyo Jung Song | Former VP of Samsung Internet Browser, Mobile & currently assistant professor of SFSU

Isabel Hyo Jung Song has around 20 years of experience in consumer electronics industry. She has received her Ph.D. in CS(Computer Science) department at KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) in 1998. Shecontinued to research parallel & distributed computing as a postdoctoral research staff at CS&E (Computer Scienceand Engineering) department at University of California at San Diego. In 2000, she joined Samsung Electronics inKorea. She led the development of Java mobile technology (J2ME, Java 2 Micro Edition) for the first time in Samsung.The technology was embedded for all Samsung Java phones, which enabled users to enjoy Java games. From 2007,she led the development of multi core technology, including multi-core/GPGPU computing, programming model andparallelization of mobile applications, to build high-performance & low-power smart phones. The multicoretechnologies were embedded for Galaxy S2 in 2010 which is the first multi core smart phones in the world. In 2011,she became the first female engineering VP in Samsung Mobile. Since then she led the product development ofSamsung Internet browser. Samsung Internet browser is the main browser for all Samsung mobile phones (100+devices per year), Gear VR, Samsung TV and Samsung smart refrigerators. Its MAU (monthly active users) is 300million. She oversaw the end-to-end process of the product development including product strategy setup, theproduct management, customer engagement, UX, technology development and team building. Her team obtainedthe best SCI (Samsung Cultural Index) score in Samsung mobile in 2016 and 2017. After leaving Samsung in 2018summer, she moved to California in Jan. of 2019 and now she is an assistant professor of SFSU (San Francisco StateUniv.). She has a keen interest in transforming her consumer electronics experience in a big company into agileexperience for young entrepreneurs in start-ups. Her mentoring preferences are with digital health, mobile, IoT,wireless companies involved in big data analytics.
Jack Kloster | EVP Business and Corporate Development, Tongal

Jack Kloster is an entrepreneur and media executive with domain expertise that crosses content development, media, marketing and advertising technologies. In 2005, Jack co-founded Yardbarker, a sports and celebrity media company that was funded by Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Hall of Fame NFL players. Yardbarker was named a Top 50 Web property by Time Magazine, resided in the ComScore 100 and was acquired by Fox Sports in 2010. Post-acquisition, Jack led Media Business Development for Twitter responsible for Twitter’s News, Sports, TV and Politics verticals as well as for Twitter’s Media Technology Ecosystem. Jack is currently EVP of Business and Corporate Development for Tongal, a creative company and leader in the gig economy that has built a global network of 150,000+ writers, directors and animators to design content strategies and execute TV, Digital and Film production for Fortune 500 brands. In 2017, Tongal was named to the prestigious Ad Age A-List. Jack earned his MBA from the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley and his Bachelor of Science at Rutgers College. He currently serves as a mentor to entrepreneurial ventures incubated at Haas and is also a member of the Big Data Advisory Board at the Rutgers Center for Innovation Education.
Jed Katz | Managing Director, Javelin Venture Partners

Jed Katz (MBA 96), one of the pioneers of Internet commerce, has spent his 17-year career developing, advising and investing in early stage technology ventures. Recently, Jed also served on the Technology, Telecom & Media advisory group for President Barack Obama’s campaign. Prior to joining Javelin Venture Partners, Jed was a Managing Director of DFJ Gotham Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm based in New York, where he was selected in the “Silicon Alley 100”, an annual list of the most influential people in New York digital business, by the website Silicon Alley Insider. Prior to DFJ Gotham, Jed was the COO of Yamcon, the developer of the highly acclaimed “SkyScout”, one of the best selling astronomy products of all time. Prior to Yamcon, Jed was the COO and Founder of Rent Net, the Internet’s first rental and relocation guide. Rent Net achieved 95% market penetration and became one of the first profitable Internet companies. It was acquired by Cendant, and three years later, Jed used its infrastructure as the starting point for the formation of Move.com, one of the Internet’s largest real estate sites. Move.com grew to 360 employees and was acquired by Homestore (NASDAQ: MOVE) for over $900 million. Jed holds a B.A. in Business Economics from UCLA and an M.B.A. from The Haas School of Business at the University of California – Berkeley, where he was awarded the Price Fellowship from the Berkeley-Haas Entrepreneurship Program, of which he is currently on the advisory board.
Jennifer Hopp | CEO, WeMakeItSafer

Jennifer Hopp is Venture Partner at Outsell, where she oversees investments in early stage startups in media, information and digital marketing. Currently investing in solutions for data visualization, entertainment, fashion and fitness (portfolio to be announced shortly), Jennifer also partners with other VCs to help entrepreneurs validate markets. In addition, Jennifer is founder and CEO of WeMakeItSafer, a tech company that builds web applications to improve communication between brands and consumers, especially around issues related to product safety and recalls. Prior to WeMakeItSafer, Jennifer was a testifying and consulting Commercial Damages Expert, helping companies deal with crises such as product recall, product liability, intellectual property infringement, antitrust and breach of contract. Most recently, she was a Principal with ERSGroup and, before that, a Senior Consultant with Navigant Consulting. Jennifer graduated with Honors and as a Community Fellow from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business where, in addition to her MBA, she earned certificates in Entrepreneurship and in Management of Technology (MOT), a joint curriculum program with the College of Engineering. Jennifer completed her BA in three years, also at the University of California at Berkeley, where she double majored in Economics and Japanese. She also studied and conducted research in Economics at Oxford University.
John Hubinger | President, Hubinger Ventures

John Hubinger, President Hubinger Ventures – Venture Capital Angel Investor, Board Member and Adviser – Enterprise Software, SaaS, Cloud, Mobile, Sustainable Agriculture. Investor, Board Member or Board of Advisers: Emotive Communications Inc. (Mobile Software: Cloud Infrastrucutre), Virtus Ginetics (BioTech: Big Data, Cloud, Genetics), Cortex Systems (Symbol: “CBX” – TXS Exchange): E-Procurement Software, Feeding Forward (community supported hunger exchange), Silverwood Sustainable Farms, UC Berkeley: SkyDeck and Berkeley-Haas Entrepreneurship Program: (Lecturer, Mentor, Judge, Member Start-up Board), Berkeley Angel Network, CEO Venture Fund EBXIV, Entrepeneur Fund Norwest VP XXI, Crowdcast: (Aquired by Spigit), Hybrid Wisdom Labs: (Aquired by Survey Monkey), AmberPoint: (Aquired by, Oracle), CrossWeave (Aquired by AmberPoint), Forte – Symbol: FRTE: (Aquired by SUN), Network For Teaching Entrepeneurship (NFTE).
Jordan Greene | Founder and VP of Strategies & Partnerships, AEye

Jordan Greene is responsible for defining and managing the ongoing execution of AEye’s strategic business goals with partners, investors, and internally. Jordan was formerly an Operating Partner at Tri-Valley Capital, an early-stage investment firm focused on fostering companies at the intersection of hardware, software, and data. He co-led investments into a number of enterprise software-enabled companies, including AEye, Deep Sentinel, Vivalnk, 4DS, and more. Prior to Tri-Valley Capital, Jordan was the Co-Founder and Head of Business Development for VIRES Aeronautics, a startup focused on improving the aerodynamics of vehicles through new methods in mechanical design. Jordan received his Bachelor’s of Science at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley in addition to a Concentration in Engineering Leadership from the College of Engineering. Jordan has been recognized in Forbes 30 Under 30, Kairos 50, and Inc Magazine’s Coolest College Startups amongst receiving Cal Alumni Association’s Leadership Award, Rotary Club of Ignacio Outstanding Achievement Award, and NYSA’s Achievement Award.
Julie Clugage | Co-founder and Executive Director of Team4Tech

As Co-Founder and Executive Director of the social enterprise Team4Tech, Julie Clugage is responsible for growing partnerships with tech companies and non-profits around the world, to improve the quality of education for under resourced learners. She brings more than 20 years of experience in the world of education, technology and international development.

Before founding Team4Tech, she served as Chief of Staff for Intel Corporation’s Corporate Affairs Group and as Global Operations Manager for Intel’s Education Market Platforms Group. While at Intel, Julie launched the Intel Education Service Corps, a service and career-development program that links Intel technology and 100 employees per year with non-profit organizations working to improve educational quality in developing countries. This successful program served as a tested model for Team4Tech.

Before joining Intel, Julie worked in international development for seven years at the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, USAID, and a teacher training high school in rural Guatemala.

She is the mother of three girls and holds an MPA from Princeton University, an MBA from UC Berkeley, and an AB from Dartmouth College.

Kelly Ling | Director of Enterprise Initiatives, Change Healthcare

Kelly Ling is a proud Double Bear, graduating from the Full-Time Haas MBA program in 2015 with a focus on entrepreneurship, innovation and technology. In her role as Director of Enterprise Initiatives at Change Healthcare, she is focused on cultivating Intrepreneurship within a 15,000 person organization. There, she coaches teams through customer-centric problem solving, rapid research techniques including design sprints and Lean Startup principles, and garnering stakeholder buy-in. Her diverse background ranges from New Product Development at Ghirardelli Chocolate, to public accounting at Deloitte and Touche, to being a finalist in startup and venture capital competitions while at Berkeley-Haas.
Kevin Kopczynski | Principal, RockPort Capital Partners

Kevin Kopczynski is an experienced entrepreneur, executive and investor who is currentlySenior Director of Corporate Development at First Solar (FSLR). From 2013 to 2016 he wasPresident and CEO of Enki Technology, where he guided the solar materials company fromthe development to revenue stages and established key customer partnerships in the USand China that culminated with Enki’s acquisition by First Solar. Prior to Enki, Kevin was aPartner at RockPort Capital Partners, where he led venture capital investments in the powergeneration, oil & gas, materials and agriculture value chains. Kevin’s primary investmentsat RockPort were Enki Technology (acquired), GlassPoint Solar, New Leaf Symbiotics,Northern Power Systems and REPOWER America. He previously held several operating andsenior technical positions at IQuum, a molecular diagnostics company that was acquired byRoche.Kevin began his professional career as a product design consultant at Arthur D. Little,assisting clients from startups to the Fortune 500 on consumer, healthcare and industrialproduct design efforts. He also serves as Executive Chairman of Ascension Industries, aclosely held industrial manufacturing and filtration products company. Kevin earned a BSEwith honors from Princeton University, an MS in engineering from Stanford, and an MBAwith honors from UC Berkeley.
Laura Oliphant | Investment Manager, Intel Capital

Laura Oliphant is an Investment Manager in Intel Capital, where she makes and manages investments in the semiconductor capital equipment and materials areas. She joined Intel in 1991 and Intel Capital in 2001. In 2006, Laura was given the Intel Achievement Award for the strategic impact of her investing activities. She is Intel’s observer to the board of directors for Oasys Design Systems, Persimmon Technologies, and Xradia. Prior to joining Intel Capital, Laura was one of the key coordinators for Intel’s transition to the 300 mm wafer size. As part of this project, Laura managed the selection activities for about 20% of the fab tools, which required her to interact with the key executives of the major equipment suppliers. In 2000, Laura served as the industry co-chair for the SEMATECH Metrology and Yield Management Tools Program Advisory Group. Laura also played key roles in the Year 2000 transition and in the management of major suppliers to Intel. During her time at Intel, Laura has also been a process engineer, developing a process that is still used in Intel’s processors, and a yield engineer. Laura currently represents Intel as one of Intel Capital’s key contacts with the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. As part of that role, she has participated in numerous business plan competitions, representing Intel as a judge. Laura holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and a BE from Manhattan College.
Lev Mass | Venture Partner, XSeed Capital

Lev Mass (BCEMBA 12) is a Venture Partner at XSeed Capital, with prowess in cloud computing, mobile, and business development. Prior to joining XSeed, Lev ran operations and business development for the Cloud Group at Yahoo!. While at Yahoo!, Lev helped to facilitate the spin-off of the Hadoop Group into what is now Hortonworks, a leading big data company. In addition, he held a number of executive roles at Yahoo! helping to define strategy for mobile, social, cloud and big data. Previous to Yahoo!, Lev was an investment banker with Thomas Weisel Partners focused on TMT (technology, media, telecommunications) and health technology. Lev holds a BS from University of Kansas and an MBA from Columbia University and UC Berkeley, where he is currently a mentor at the UC Berkeley Skydeck Incubator.
Mark Leverette, CPA | Burr Pilger Mayer

Mark Leverette is a CPA with BPM LLP, a San Francisco based public accounting firm providing value added accounting services to entrepreneurial companies, including technology, SaaS, Bio-tech, real-estate developers, financial services, manufacturing and distribution, and consumer product clients. He has consulted and advised many start-up phase companies on many technical areas, including equity and debt funding, industry specific revenue recognition, mergers and acquisitions, Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance, and initial public offerings. His practice includes both public and private companies.
Matt Kirmayer | Partner, Perkins Coie LLP in San Francisco and member of it’s Emerging Companies & Venture Capital group.

Matt Kirmayer is a partner at the San Francisco office of Perkins Coie LLP and a member of its Emerging Companies & Venture Capital group.  Matt represents emerging technology companies and the investors who fund them across a range of industries, including software, educational technology, digital media, social media, artificial intelligence systems and life sciences. Active in the technology and investment communities in Silicon Valley and the East Coast, Matt often works with emerging companies as their outside general counsel, managing legal, financial and operational issues, from formation and angel and capital investment through to exit, that arise when entrepreneurs enter the marketplace. Matt has more than 25 years of experience in the emerging company and venture capital ecosystem, including numerous seed and venture financings for technology and life science companies. Matt also has a background in guiding clients in securities offerings and mergers and acquisitions. As part of his commitment to gender equality, Matt sits on the advisory board of Astia, which is a nonprofit organization that invests in companies with women in positions of equity and influence. Matt is a mentor at the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship at the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley and a Sky Advisor to SkyDeck, the unique accelerator at UC Berkeley. Matt is also an adjunct professor at the Integrated Innovation Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.
Michael Berolzheimer | Managing Partner, Bee Partners

Founder and Managing Partner of Bee Partners, the top pre-Seed venture firm in Silicon Valley, Michael launched his first business at 11 and interned at an early social network startup at age 13. After three startups, Michael started advising founders at the inception of their venture creation, and Bee Partners was born.

At Bee Partners, we embrace the reality that machines will win at precision, complexity, and data inference. Humans will still own purpose, ingenuity, and instinct. We seek exceptional Founders with unbounded potential who execute in frontier businesses and technologies. We then write them their first check, and live their mission. As a result, we have been that first check writer in 60% of our portfolio, we’ve led or co-led 17 of our last 20 investments, 70% of our companies succeed to the Series A, and we resolve 95% of our portfolio requests within 48 hours.

Mike Vladimer | Co-Founder of IoT Studio at Orange Silicon Valley

Mike Vladimer  (MBA 13) is the Co-Founder of the IoT Studio at Orange Silicon Valley, the innovation strategy office for Orange, one of Europe’s biggest telecommunications operators. Mike works with Orange’s partners to find product-market fit by applying lean startup principles that he learned in Steve Blank’s Lean Launchpad class at Haas. He specializes in rapid prototyping and customer interviews. Previously, he was Director of Business Development at Neura, an internet-of-things (IoT) security startup. Prior to Neura, Mike founded Yaygo, a transportation startup; analyzed energy efficiency in consumer electronics products as a managing consultant at Navigant; and, developed microsystems/MEMS as a research engineer at Ikerlan, the research lab for one of Spain’s largest companies. Mike holds an MBA from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and an MS Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Follow him on Twitter @MikeVladimer
Nathan Dintenfass | Founder, Hotel Delta

Nathan Dintenfass (MBA 06) is founder of Hotel Delta, a software studio in San Francisco. He has over fifteen years of technical and business experience with a focus on Internet technologies, product development, and brand positioning. He co-founded ChangeMedia, a web consultancy, and Branuity, a software firm helping growth companies with brand strategy and market positioning. He has also held senior roles in two venture-backed startups, Redux and Kinfo, and served as CEO of Trumpet.io. His past clients include Cisco Systems, Visa International, Kaiser Permanente, Cellular One, Hazelden, oDesk and a host of startups. Previously, he worked at the Andersen Consulting Center for Strategic Technology (now part of Accenture), Syntegra (British Telecom Services), Apple, and VideoEgg (now Say Media). For 15 years he has also co-directed Nicenet, an education technology project he co-founded that has provided online classroom tools for over 2 million teachers and students worldwide. He sits on the Board at Alta Vista School in San Francisco. Nathan holds an MBA from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and a B.A. with honors from Macalester College.
Nick Caldwell | VC at Ignition Partners

Nick Triantos is a VC at Ignition Partners, focused on enterprise software companies. Before joining Ignition, Nick has founded 2 companies, been a software engineer, a VC, a sushi chef, military police officer, arcade video game repair guy, a CEO, and a firefighter/EMT. At Ignition Partners, Nick primarily focuses on math-intensive enterprise business applications. Areas ranging from AI, machine learning, computer vision, AR/VR, cryptography, blockchain, and NLU are all of particular interest. Ignition is mostly focused on Series A investments, and is currently investing a $200M fund from offices in the Seattle area and the SF Bay Area. Ignition’s notable previous investments include Splunk, Docker, Cloudera, XenSource (creators of the hypervisor which powers Amazon’s AWS), and DocuSign. Prior to joining Ignition in 2016, Nick worked at SRI (Stanford Research Institute) as a managing director in the ventures team, spinning out technologies from the SRI research labs. Before SRI, Nick co-founded and worked as CEO for ionGrid, a mobile security company, which Nick sold to NetApp in 2013. Earlier in Nick’s career, Nick joined NVIDIA when it was a pre-revenue startup. At NVIDIA, Nick created NVIDIA’s OpenGL software, worked on Direct3D, and later, as Chief Software Architect, Nick’s teams built CUDA and numerous other tools for programming and using GPUs. Nick has also been a CEO for TokBox, a Sequoia-funded startup focused on real-time communications, and was part of the founding team at Navio, which sold to Oracle in the mid-90s. Nick has worked about 15 years in the video game industry, used to work part-time as a sushi chef in silicon valley, and has pulled multiple people out of burning buildings and car accidents when he was a volunteer firefighter. Nick has a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Buffalo (SUNY), and MBA degrees from Haas and Columbia University in NYC.
Nikhil Matani | Associate, Venable LLP

Nikhil Matani is an associate in Venable’s Corporate group in San Francisco. Prior to joining Venable, Nik was a private equity associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP where he represented private equity sponsors in all aspects of their business and was a corporate associate at Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian LLP where he represented venture capital firms and high-tech growth companies on various corporate matters. In law school, Nik served as a judicial extern to the Honorable John T. Noonan on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Nik received his Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where he was an Article Editor for the Berkeley Technology Law Journal. He holds a B.A. in Political Science, summa cum laude, and a B.A. in Rhetoric, summa cum laude, from University of California, Berkeley.
Orian Williams | Strategy Consultant, Deloitte

Orian Williams  (MBA 16) is currently a strategy consultant with Deloitte where he works with software and hardware technology clients. Prior to consulting he was with Robert Bosch Venture Capital (RBVC) where he focused on sourcing and evaluating early to late-stage investment opportunities in the areas of IoT, deep learning / AI, autonomous driving, energy, healthcare, and emerging market solutions. Before RBVC, Orian worked in sales operations and finance roles with Thomson Reuters (SaaS) and Johnson & Johnson (Medtech). Orian earned an MBA from BerkeleyHaas and holds dual degrees in Finance and International Studies from The Ohio State University.
Rahul Ravulur | (Former) CEO and Co-Founder AppOrbit

Rahul Ravulur (MBA 08) was most recently the co-founder and CEO of AppOrbit.AppOrbit built one of the first cloud application platforms with astrong value proposition for accelerating application modernization,optimizing the application test lifecycle and cloud migration.Customers of AppOrbit included large enterprise customers likeEricsson, Micron and Autodesk. Prior to AppOrbit, Rahul’s experiencespans Product Management and Engineering roles at VMware and BMCSoftware. At VMware, Rahul had product management responsibilities fortheir virtualization management platform, vCenter and the Availabilitysuite of products subsequently. Previously, at BMC Software andMarimba, he led a team of engineers that built their applicationconfiguration management platform. Rahul holds a Bachelors inElectronics Engineering from the University of Mumbai, a Masters ofElectronics and Computer Engineering from University of South Carolinaas well as an MBA (’08) from the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley.
Raj Pai | Seasoned Product Executive

Raj Pai is a seasoned product executive with over 20+ years hands-on experience at successful early stage and public companies. He is an expert in big data, analytics and machine learning, and has worked at industry leaders like Teradata, Oracle, Informatica and recently he was GM/head of products at energy IoT leader, AutoGrid. Raj is Haas MBA ’98 and Bachelors’ in Technology from IIT Bombay. He is actively involved in the angel investor community in Silicon Valley and is interested in mentoring the next generation of data-driven leaders from the Berkeley ecosystem.
Rebecca Lynn | Partner, Morgenthaler Ventures

Rebecca Lynn (MBA/JD 2008) joined Morgenthaler’s Menlo Park office in 2007, and she focuses on early-stage investments in mobile, internet services, digital media and financial services. Rebecca began her career at Procter and Gamble where she worked in international new product market entry. She then spent four years at NextCard where she led product development efforts and later served as the Vice President of Marketing where she managed one of the top five largest online marketing efforts. After NextCard, she ran her own consulting business focusing on online marketing for financial services and affiliate marketing. During law school, she was a Summer Associate at Heller Ehrman/Venture Law Group and at Quinn Emanuel where she focused on intellectual property litigation. Rebecca is also an inventor on several issued patents. She was published in the Berkeley Law and Technology Journal, and she is a registered Patent Agent. During business school, Rebecca chaired the Berkeley Business Plan Competition and was a member of New Venture Fellows. Rebecca earned a JD/MBA degree from the Haas School of Business and Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley, and a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri.
Richard D. Harroch | Managing Director and Global Head of M&A, VantagePoint Capital Partners

Richard D. Harroch is a Managing Director and Global Head of M&A for VantagePoint Capital Partners, a venture capital fund near San Francisco. He is also an angel investor and entrepreneur, focusing on Internet, software, mobile and digital media companies. He was the founder of several Internet companies that were sold to NBC, Dun & Bradstreet and LexisNexis. He has written for Forbes, Fortune, AllBusiness.com, FoxBusiness, MSN, Yahoo, Huffington Post, BusinessWeek and other publications on angel financing, venture capital, startups and M&A. A number of his articles can be found at www.allbusiness.com/author/richard-harroch. Richard is the author of several books on startups and entrepreneurship as well as the co-author of Poker for Dummies and a Wall Street Journal-bestselling book on small business. He was also a corporate partner at the law firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, with experience in startups, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, and venture capital. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and the UCLA School of Law, where he was Managing Editor of the Law Review.
Robin Mansukhani | CEO and Co-Founder, Alzeca Biosciences

Robin Mansukhani is CEO and Co-Founder of Alzeca Biosciences. Alzeca is developing advanced imaging technologies for the early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease. He has been featured speaker on the topic of life sciences and entrepreneurship, and most recently at TED. Previously, he cofounded Cense Biosciences (advanced insulin technology for diabetes) and Ecorithm (advanced algorithms for building energy utilization). In the community, he co-founded BlueStamp Engineering, a hands on technology program for high school students. He also serves as a mentor for the Thiel Fellowship (20 under 20). Prior to his work in early stage start-ups, he served as an associate with The Maple Fund, an early stage venture capital firm. He has also served as an EIR at NYU’s Stern School of Business, contributing to curriculum development and giving guest lectures. He has a B.S. in Biochemistry from Case Western Reserve University, where he served a term in AmeriCorps, teaching health and literacy to disadvantaged youth.
Russ Holdstein | Angel Investor and Adviser

Russ Holdstein was CFO at Rolling Stone magazine in its early days in SF. After backpacking around the world, he became one of the first start up tech entrepreneurs in San Francisco, becoming founding CEO of Payday which was recognized as one of the 500 fastest-growing companies in the US and Russ was named one of the top 10 entrepreneurs in San Francisco. After a successful exit, he became one of the early angel investors in the Bay Area and has been involved in starting and growing dozens of companies including StubHub, HotelTonight, Ask.com (Ask Jeeves) and Trulia (Zillow). He has been a Lecturer of Entrepreneurship at Haas off and on for over 20 years.
SANTIAGO FREYRIA | InnerPlant

I believe in transforming the world through technology. At InnerPlant we aim to lead the agriculture revolution by communicating with plants to transform fields into living sensors.
As the second hire at Clip, Mexico’s largest fintech startup, we disrupted a consolidated industry to level the play field for SMEs.
As co-president of Berkeley Entrepreneurs Association I co-founded StEP, the largest incubator program on campus. We boost innovation through cross-department collaboration. I co-founded Callisto during my MBA, a venture backed Californian rum startup.

I am crazy about outdoor sports, including paragliding, white water kayaking, diving, mountain biking, surfing, and skiing.

Scott Cheeseman | Foresight Mental Health

Scott is a seasoned executive with extensive experience in scaling consumer driven healthcare businesses. Now with Foresight Mental Health, and formerly with Carbon Health, Scott helps companies build the strategy and playbook required for expansion from a regional operator to a national brand.

Scott is a proven leader with boots-on-the-ground experience building teams necessary to scale companies to profitable growth and brand dominance. His multidisciplinary background in strategic and financial management provides the foundation required to transform market and operational challenges into timely solutions and competitive advantages. He is adept at applying technology innovations to streamline operations and provide distinct value to consumers. Scott’s background spans multiple verticals including healthcare, construction, technology, biotech, and energy.

Scott received a Masters of Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. In his spare time, he enjoys flying planes, playing on the mountaintops of the Sierra Nevada and spending time with his wife and two boys at their home in Sonoma, CA.

Scott Orn | COO, Kruze Consulting

Scott Orn is Chief Operating Officer at Kruze Consulting, a fast growing Startup CFO Consulting firm that works with over 130 startup clients. Kruze is based in San Francisco with clients in the Bay Area, Los Angeles and New York. In addition to his Operations responsibilities, Scott runs the Venture Debt Consulting practice at Kruze. Before Kruze Consulting, Scott was a Partner at Lighthouse Capital, a private debt fund that lends to startups. In addition, Scott ran Community Products at Callisto Media. In his spare time, Scott co-founded Ben’s Friends, an Internet patient support community for people with rare diseases. Ben’s Friends is a 501C3 non profit and has become one of the largest rare disease support communities on the Internet with 120,000 uniques last month (a 20% increase month over month). Both LinkedIn and Google have made sizable grants to Ben’s Friends.
Shawn Merani | Partner, Flight VC

Shawn Merani is a partner at Flight VC. Flight is the first investment firm leveraging Angellist Syndicates to crowdsource funds and manage 3 out of the top 10 syndicates on the AngelList platform. The main syndicate, the Gil Penchina Syndicate (https://angel.co/penchina/syndicate) has $6MM+ committed across 900+ backers. Other syndicates include The SaaS Syndicate, The Late stage Pre-IPO Syndicate and many more. Some investments include Beepi, ZIRX, Boost Media, Pillow, CARD.com, Scripted, Vouch Financial, Datanyze, NextLesson and many more. Prior to joining Flight.vc, Shawn was a founder of the Private Shares marketplace at Liquidnet. The platform enabled an investor base of 750 of the world’s leading asset managers opportunities to build positions in high growth companies pre-IPO. Before Liquidnet, Shawn was Senior Director, Business Development at ReachLocal (NASDAQ:RLOC) , a provider of local online marketing solutions for small and medium sized businesses. His responsibilities included business strategy, growth and revenue partnerships, as well as corporate development. Shawn received a BA in Economics and a BS in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley and his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Shawn enjoys playing basketball, traveling the world, fantasy sports and supporting the Cal Bears..
Steven Horowitz | Founder and Managing Director, Ovidian

Steven Horowitz is a founder and the current principal of the OvidianGroup, an innovation and IP business strategy consulting firm. He also advises Berkeley entrepreneurs and start ups. Before joining Ovidian, Dr. Horowitz was a Vice President at Yahoo!, where he built and led the Media Innovation Group, a team of designers and engineers pushing the boundaries of consumer experience and engagement with online content. His group filed 55 patent applications; Dr. Horowitz is an inventor on 30 of them. Also while at Yahoo!, Dr. Horowitz served as a technical and creative consultant to such notable media innovators as Steven Spielberg and Mark Burnett on jointly-developed Web-based programming projects. Prior to Yahoo!, Dr. Horowitz headed product development, engineering and operations for AvantGo, a mobile app subsidiary of Sybase, delivering personalized, name-brand content to smartphones. Before that, Dr. Horowitz was CTO, Creative Director and Co-Founder of Palladium Interactive, a hybrid CD-ROM / Internet entertainment, education and productivity software developer and publisher. After Palladium’s acquisition by The Learning Company, he became a founding member and Chief Scientist of Genealogy.com, a destination website for family history content, research and community, throughout its acquisition by A&E Television Networks. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. from Princeton University.
Ted Sorom | Founder & CEO, Rixty, Inc.

Ted Sorom (MBA 08) is a product designer & entrepreneur whose expertise spans from online payments to high-tech product development. Ted is currently the CEO and founder of Rixty, a payments company that enables consumers who lack credit cards to pay online for online entertainment and content. Ted founded Rixty while in the second year of the Haas MBA program after spending his summer as a Mayfield Fellow at an online entertainment start-up where he saw first-hand the market needs for a better online payment system. Today, Rixty has offices in San Francisco and Sao Paulo, Brazil and is expanding across all of North and South America. Before founding Rixty, Ted worked at Wild Planet Entertainment a mass market manufacturer of children’s toys and consumer products. At Wild Planet, Ted managed a majority of the company’s product development for such retailers as Target, Gap Kids and Dreamworks. Prior to working in the toy industry, Ted held the role of Chief Technical Officer at the high-end sporting goods company, Light & Motion, where he lead the company’s engineering team and product development. Ted holds a Bachelors degree from Dartmouth College, a Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from the full-time program at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
Tim Harris | Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP

Timothy J. Harris is the Managing Partner of the Palo Alto office and member of the firmwide Emerging Companies and Venture Capital group. He specializes in representing startup companies in corporate and securities matters. In his startup practice, Mr. Harris advises emerging growth technology enterprises from formation through acquisition or initial public offering in matters including venture capital financing, debt financing, equity incentive compensation, and technology development (including licensing, joint development, distribution, and other technology transfer matters). He also represents venture capital firms, strategic corporate investors, and angel investors in their investments in startup companies. Mr. Harris specializes in modeling complex capital structures, financing scenarios and liquidity events, helping entrepreneurs and investors analyze possibilities and understand consequences of various transaction structures. Mr. Harris represents startups and investors in a variety of technology sectors, including life sciences, enterprise technology, consumer technology and financial services technology. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Harris designed, programmed, and implemented software systems for clients in the financial services industry. Mr. Harris was an Associate Editor of the Law Review and was elected to Order of the Coif at Northwestern University School of Law.
Trevor Cox | Managing Partner & Founder, Eisbach Group

Trevor Cox is a consultant and lawyer with 17 years experience. He founded Eisbach Group, a consulting firm, and also TC2 Legal, a boutique law firm. He has a MBA from the Berkeley-Haas/Columbia program, and a JD from the McGeorge School of Law. In his legal practice, Trevor assists startups and emerging companies in the areas of venture capital financing, M&A and technology transactions, including customer agreements, complex licensing, joint development, distribution, resellers and other technology agreements. In his consulting practice, Trevor assists startup and emerging companies in strategy, investor pitching, business development, international expansion, exit planning and other areas. He works with companies in a variety of technology sectors, including analytics, big data, mobility, cloud computing, enterprise software, and computer networking. He has spoken numerous times and been a judge at various student competitions at Berkeley-Haas and UC Merced, and has written numerous articles on a variety of topics for startups (see eisbachgroup.com to read the articles). Prior to his current roles, Trevor worked at Silicon Valley law firms, in-house counsel for U.S. and international VC/PE portfolio companies, and strategy/corporate development for a public company. He has held a variety of roles at startups from CEO to business development.
Vince Huang | VP Product at Springboard

Vincent Huang is the VP of Product at Springboard, an Ed-Tech startup helping learners get jobs in Data Science and Design. Vincent has spent 10+ years in Product and has cultivated a unique perspective that blends quantitative analysis with user-centered design. 

 Vincent specializes in helping startups find product market fit and scale, and has held product leadership roles in gaming, mobile, enterprise SaaS, and Ed-Tech. 

William Von Blasingame | Angel Investor and Advisor

William von Blasingame (MBA 86) is a long time Angel Investor and Advisor. Prior to becoming an Angel investor he served as Senior Vice President of Mirant Energy (now NRG) and prior to that he served for a decade as Chief Financial Officer for Edison Mission Asia based in Singapore. During his career von Blasingame restructured and later managed the sale of Mirant Caribbean for $1.1 billion and managed approximately $3 billion of acquisitions and divestitures at Edison Mission. William von Blasingame holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.
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