Riaz Karmali

Riaz Karamali is a partner in the Corporate & Securities – Technology practice in the firm’s Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices. Mr. Karamali has extensive experience in corporate law, venture finance, private equity, strategic mergers and acquisitions and technology transactions. Mr. Karamali has worked with hundreds of start-up and emerging companies, guiding them from their pre-founding stages through their angel and venture capital financing rounds, significant commercial contracts and strategic alliances to their ultimate exit transactions.  Riaz as earned a B.A. in English, Economics, and Political Science from Rice University as well his JD from Columbia Law School.



 Assim Gupta

Assim has a background in eCommerce, SaaS, mobile and ERP/CRM space. In the last 20 years, Assim has played several roles ranging from a software engineer to a product manager to the CEO of start-ups. He specializes in taking an idea from “a gleam in the eye” to the “hands of the consumer”. He has worked on product strategy, architecture, development, deployment and global operations. Assim not only brings a strategic vision along with deep technical expertise, he also adds managerial depth to the team. He has created wide spectrum technical teams from scratch and has led/ directed several complex projects as a people manager and a program manager for companies like Oracle and VMware. He has worked extensively in distributed software development scenarios and has been recognized for his expertise in lean software development. Some other companies Assim has worked with are Apple, Google, and SGI.



Paul Twombly

Mr. Twombly is a serial entrepreneur and high tech veteran with over 40 years of experience in telecommunications, software and computer networking. He began his career in the telecommunications industry in the late 1960’s, started his own highly successful communications engineering company in the mid-1970’s, held management and executive positions with ROLM Corporation, IBM, WarpSpeed Communications, NICE Systems and Foundry Networks.

He’s currently a General Partner with XF Ventures where he is actively involved in advising and investing in seed and early stage companies. In addition he is a prominent and active member in several well known angel groups including The Angels Forum, the Band of Angels and the Keiretsu Forum.



Katherine Glassey

Highly accomplished CEO, marketer, entrepreneur and general manager with a strong track record of success in growing revenue and creating liquidity events on behalf of innovative technology companies serving both consumer and business markets. Product innovator with success in business management, business development, finance, operations, capital sourcing, negotiations, acquisitions, mergers & liquidations. Now serving as advisor and director for technology startups.

* Mentor / Advisor – Women’s Start-up Lab
* CEO / Founder – Aurora SFC Systems: Life Science Instrumentation
* Co-Founder, Chief Strategy Officer – Brio Technology
* Vice President Marketing (Software)- Hewlett Packard
* CEO – gForce Software
* COO – Cruzin: Sharing Economy Startup for boaters
* CEO / Founder – LightScan Technologies: MedDevice Technology Transfer
* Vice President Professional Services – SilverTail Systems:Enterprise Security
* Board Member – Brio, Enkata, gForce

Specialties: Business development, M&A, sales, corporate evangelism, operations and executive leadership. Led product management. Executive coach, mentor and board member.

Dynamic leader, market strategist and product visionary with experience in enterprise software, big data, life science and B2C apps. Fund raiser and executive who drives growth, revenue and value for Venture-backed and public companies.